Bob the horse rescued from Cumberland County flood waters

(Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — In addition to helping people caught in flood waters, a swift water rescue team from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office was called on recently to rescue Bob the horse.

Bob was at the Cumberland County Animal Control facility, where flood waters had covered the rear parking lot and were threatening to flood the livestock pens, the county sheriff’s office said.

Animal control officials asked FEMA for help in relocating animals, but was denied help, according to the sheriff’s office.

Bob, who is described by the sheriff’s office as “a local horse who has not had a good life,” needed to be moved from his pen through deeper water to high ground.

“The Swift Water Rescue Team, while not being trained for this type of operation, did not fail Bob,” the sheriff’s office reports.

The team got the horse to dry land at about 1 p.m. Sunday, and he was loaded into a trailer and taken to another facility for safekeeping.

Bob is looking for a forever home; adoption costs $125. More information on adopting Bob is available at under identification number A201389.

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