Cow Rescued From Pool
Updated: Tuesday, January 8 2013, 08:34 PM EST
Firefighters are known to get a cat out of tree from time to time, but a cow out of a swimming pool? That's exactly what happened late Monday afternoon in Rutherford County.
"I had let my little poodle out over here, and I looked straight down and the pool cover just didn't look right," said Linda Lewis standing in the backyard of her Rutherfordton home off of Maple Creek Road.
Lewis walked about 15 yards down to the pool and was stunned.
"Oh my God there's a cow drowning in my pool," Lewis says was her first reaction. "All I thought was - I got to save it."
It was a cow that had been chased out of it's pasture by a neighbor's dog, and run approximately two miles - right into the Lewis's backyard pool.
"When i saw it was a cow I jumped in and tried to hold her head up because I thought she was drowning," said Lewis.
And that was when she discovered the cow didn't travel alone. There was a bull that had sidestepped the water, but was now standing on the pool deck.
"Her partner was over there staring at me the whole time, and every time I got close to her, he was making that noise - I don't know whether it's a 'moo' or what - but it wasn't good," said Lewis.
The cow had gotten a foot tangled in the pool cover, and when Lewis ran inside to get scissors to untangle the cow she called 911.
"I remember telling them I was going to cut her free, and that to hurry, come help me," said Lewis, who is an animal lover but has never spent much time around livestock.
Greehill Fire Chief Donald McEntire says it came over the radio as 'livestock in the pool'.
"The animal had been in the water for an extended period, so hypothermia was an issue, that it just did not have strength, so we were going to have to do most of the work," said McEntire.
"It took a lot of just pure muscle to get her up those steps, because she was not happy to come up those steps - not a natural act for a cow," said McEntire.
Ten firefighters worked for a half hour, using six straps to heave the 800 pound animal out of the shallow end.
"From what I understand the cows are up for sale, they can find a home anywhere right now," said McEntire.
"We're putting a fence up, for sure," says Lewis, who estimates that the damages will cost over $10,000 to repair - most of it going to fix a cow-sized hole in the bottom of the swimming pool.
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