Six horses rescued from neck-high water

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Six horses had to be rescued from neck-high water in Greater Manchester last week after the river Roch burst its banks.

The RSPCA was assisted by the Manchester Fire and Rescue service as they attempted to save the six beasts in Rochdale last Friday (June 22nd).

Concerned members of public raised the alarm to the RSPCA at 8:00 pm BST when the horses were fighting to stand up in the current.

Less than 30 minutes later the equines were up to their necks in water, Horse and Hound reports.

Rochdale was just one of a number of places in the UK that were affected by flooding last week as some areas received two months' worth of rain in the space of a few days.

The first brigade took out two boats to the swollen river and put head collars on the animals before wading through the water to lead them out.

"We were on high alert with the flooding but I was still shocked when I arrived to see ponies in danger of drowning," RSPCA inspector Charlotte Brooker remarked.

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