Greeley Animal Rescue
At 07:30 on July 18th, 2018 Greeley Fire Department units responded at the request of Weld County Sheriff to assist with a cow stuck in a cattle guard at Weld County Parkway and Holly Ave. First arriving units found a cow with all four legs entrapped inside a cattle guard. Additional Greeley Fire Department units were ordered to respond with specialized large animal rescue equipment. Greeley Fire Department crews utilized specially made harnesses and hardware to assist in the removal of the animal. Additionally firefighters utilized a hydraulic spreader to assist in the extrication of the cow’s hoofs from in between the cattle guard grates. A veterinarian responded to the scene to assist in providing medical assistance for the cow. Additionally, a loader was offered by a nearby oil gas operation to assist with removal of the animal. The cow was safely extricated and left in the care of the veterinarian and its owners. Prior to leaving the scene the veterinarian advised it appeared the animal only had minor abrasions and fatigue due to the incident. Greeley Firefighters are specially trained and equipped in large animal technical rescue for in incidents such as this. Special thanks to Ensign and PDC Oil for the use of their Loader and personnel to assist in this rescue.
Units on Scene: Battalion Chief 1, Engine 1, Ladder 1, Ladder 5 & Training 1