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      Horse trapped in canal northeast of Rio Hondo

      Authorities have been called to a canal northeast of Rio Hondo where a horse is trapped in chest-high water. // Photo via Hedley Hichens

      Authorities have been called to a canal northeast of Rio Hondo where a horse was trapped in chest-high water.

      It all happened in a rural area off Nelson Road shortly after 12 p.m. Monday.

      It's not clear how the horse became trapped in the water but it's trapped in chest-high water and unable to get up the concrete canal banks.

      Neighbors told Action 4 News that they notified the Cameron County Sheriff's Department, who is sending a rescue crew.

      Area resident Hedley Hichens sent a photo to Action 4 News.

      Hichens said it's common for area landowners to tie up their horses along the canal.

      Rescuers used a rope to pull the horse out of the canal and tie it up so it wouldn't get trapped again.

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