Horse lifted to safety after getting trapped in California dumpster

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. – Rescuers have hoisted a horse to safety after it became stuck in a dumpster in Huntington Beach.

The mishap unfolded shortly before 3:30 p.m. on Friday at a private stable near Ellis Avenue and Goldenwest Street, Huntington Beach Fire Department officials said.

The horse, named Rodeo, slipped out of his enclosure and ended up stepping off of a raised platform lined with dumpsters, witness Kara Brundage told KTLA.

Brundage said Rodeo then stepped on top of the dumpster and fell in.

"To a horse’s eye, that looks solid," she said. "So, he thought he was stepping onto something solid and ended up falling into the trash can."

Nearly two hours later, officials managed to pull Rodeo out of the dumpster with the aid of a forklift and a harness system. The animal appeared to have suffered no significant injuries but was being tended to by a veterinarian Friday night.

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