CENTRAL POINT, Ore. -- First responders are learning how to rescue large animals in the event that they are trapped. Jackson County Search and Rescue hosted its first Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue (TLAER) course. About 100 first responders and ordinary citizens participated in the class. It teaches them how to rescue livestock and other large animals in a variety of scenarios and conditions.
"How do you handle a thousand pound animal that doesn't understand English, and has steel shoes on its feet? It might be in an overturned trailer. It might be trapped in the mud,” said the primary instructor Dr. Rebecca Husted. "A huge number of people in Oregon own animals. We love animals and we want to help them. The thing is we want to make sure that when we're helping animals that you're not getting hurt. You can't help the animal if you get hurt and you end up going to the hospital."
The course was taught over two days. Jackson County Search and Rescue said it gets about four calls a year to rescue a large, trapped animal.