Tangled Horse Saved By Caring Carrier

Duncan, AZ, HCR Carrier Jeannie Webb

Duncan, AZ, HCR Carrier Jeannie Webb

When Duncan, AZ, HCR Carrier Jeannie Webb was on her route recently, she noticed a troubling sight. A horse had fallen to the ground and was unable to stand up.

Webb pulled up to the corral that contained the horse and spotted it’s back two legs tangled inside the fencing. She went to the customer’s home to alert them to the situation, but when nobody answered, she dialed the animal control office and Postmaster Joey Soto for help.

By the time Soto and Greenlee County Public Works Department arrived on scene, the horse had developed cuts and scrapes on its body from multiple attempts to free itself from the fence. Soon after responders initiated their rescue attempts, they were able to free the horse’s legs from the fence. Within a few minutes after being rescued, the horse stood up on it’s own.

Afterward, Greenlee Public Works representatives stated that if it hadn’t been for the swift action by Webb, the horse would have likely fallen victim to the intense Arizona heat.

Barbed Wire No Match for Eager Volunteers

Natalie Martinez and Paula Day pull staples from a barbed wire fence near Horse and Cattle Camp Road.

Natalie Martinez and Paula Day pull staples from a barbed wire fence near Horse and Cattle Camp Road.

Each year, National Public Lands Day (NPLD) volunteers pitch in to help clean up local public lands, plant trees, participate in educational activities, and more. NPLD events are supported by the National Environmental Education and Training foundation in a collaborative effort with various federal, state, local and private organizations as well as individual volunteers.

Events are held across the nation, and there is a wide array of public lands available for volunteering. Participating in this year’s event on September 28 was Ely, NV, Postmaster Natalie Martinez. She and more than 75 other volunteers converged on Horse and Cattle Camp Road near Ely, NV, and removed approximately three miles of dangerous barbed wire fencing.

The old fencing was in a state of disrepair, and had become a problem for local wildlife. The actions by volunteers in Ely will help prevent countless unsuspecting animals from becoming injured from the wiring.

“Thanks to all who participated we were able to remove about three miles of fence,” said Bureau of Land Management Ely District Outdoor Recreation Planner Erin Rajala.

Children also had the opportunity to join the event by taking advantage of wildlife-oriented educational activities.

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