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LAFD uses helicopter to hoist fallen horse from hillside

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Fire Department has used a helicopter to hoist a fallen horse from the bottom of a steep hillside.

The horse was lifted to a large corral atop the Sunland-area hill late Friday morning and lowered onto its side for a veterinary exam.

The incident began before 7 a.m. The Fire Department says the owner did not believe the 30-year-old horse was injured but it was not able to stand.

The city’s Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team was called in and the horse was medicated in preparation for the hoist.

An LAFD helicopter was prepared by removing its water-dropping tank to expose a hook capable of hoisting the 1,000-pound (453-kilogram) animal.

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