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Dramatic animal rescue at Sycamore Farms

Rescue groups save trapped ponies and donkeys
Posted at 2:42 PM, Mar 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-17 23:24:47-04

WATERLOO, Neb. (KMTV) — Rescue efforts continued throughout the weekend by several animal-care groups, as they worked to save animals trapped by flood waters. Lusco Farms Rescue from Malvern, Iowa streamed live video of rescuers saving donkeys and ponies from Sycamore Farmsin Waterloo, NE on Sunday morning. (The video above is an edited version of several of their streams).

Scott Shehan with Lusco Farms Rescue said rescuers were also on scene from Victory Riding Academy, and Scatter Joy Acres. They saved two donkeys and six ponies. One donkey on the farm did not survive. Shehan told 3 News Now that the groups are standing by to rescue a herd of alpacas from another flooded area around 2 p.m. Sunday. The group is waiting for flooding to recede.

Rescuers are taking the saved donkeys and ponies to Victory Riding Academy in Omaha. Contact Victory Riding Academy to make donations through their website or Facebook page.

Shehan said the multiple groups started saving animals by air-boat around 11 p.m. Saturday. At first, groups tried to get water and food to the stranded animals, but Sycamore Farms decided to bring the animals to dry land.