RSPCA officers and firefighters launched a life-saving rescue mission to save a horse who fell in a swimming pool.

The animal welfare charity was alerted to the stricken mare on Monday morning (31 December) after a man spotted the horse in his swimming pool.

RSPCA inspector Rosie Russon and animal collection officer Brian Milligan rushed to Stockett Lane, Maidstone, to help the frightened horse.

"The caller wasn't sure how long she'd been there and feared she may have been there all night," Inspector Russon said.

"She was clearly very cold. The water was only around 1m deep so although it came only up to her stomach, she wasn't able to get out of the pool on her own - and I was concerned about her getting hypothermia.

"The caller said she'd been trying to get out of the pool but kept slipping on the bottom.

"We called Kent Fire & Rescue Service for help and they sent a crew who helped us to winch her out of the pool."

The mare, thought to be around four-years-old, was microchipped but the chip wasn't registered. Staff have nicknamed her Ellie after the Paralympic swimming champion Ellie Simmonds.

Inspector Russon added: "We believe Ellie had been straying and fell into the pool in the dark.

"She has some minor injuries to her legs where she fell through the pool lining and hit the bottom but, other than that, she's been very lucky.

"She's now been taken into care by one of our private boarding establishments where she'll remain so she can be monitored and properly assessed.

"If no one comes forward to claim her then we'll start the process of finding her a suitable home."

Anyone who believes they know where Ellie has come from can get in touch by calling 0300 123 8018 and leaving a message for Inspector Russon.

Anyone interested in rehoming an RSPCA horse, pony or donkey can visit

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit the RSPCA website.


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