Firefighters were called to the scene of a horse who had become trapped in a river in Dorset.

Fire crews from Bridport were called to the scene and found that the horse was unable to leave the river due to the underwater hazards.

A spokesperson for the fire brigade said:

Two crew members donned their water wading gear, entered the water and attached a line to the horse.

"After a few attempts they managed to manhandle the horse past the obstacles and guide it back to safety. A vet attended and checked the horse over, and it was found not to have any injuries."

13 sheep killed in dog attack

In other animal-related news, a farmer in Desborough has been left “distraught” after a dog attacked and killed 13 of his sheep and injured four more.

Police believe the attack took place between between 10:00pm on Friday, November 6, and 7:30am on Saturday, November 7.

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Daniel Howes who was a neighbour of the farmer told Northantslive that around £1,200 had been lost by the farmer after the dog attack.

He called me on Saturday morning. He had been out checking on his livestock as early as possible and had come across this horrible scene.

"He asked me to give him a hand with loading up the dead sheep and getting the rest into pens.

"We called the vet and he started treating them straightaway, but we had to humanely shoot some of them just to put them out of their misery.

Some people have claimed that it could have been a fox, but a fox could not have done this amount of damage – they are lambs but they’re about 12 months old.

"This was a dog that was in the field for a few hours and it could even have been more than one dog.

“I can’t tell you how distraught and upset he was. It was his birthday on Sunday and it completely ruined his day."