Thursday, August 6, 2009
Loose horse roams runway
By SUE WATSON
A fence knocked down by a falling tree during last week’s thunderstorms, combined with a loose horse, wreaked havoc at the Holly Springs Airport Friday morning during heavy air traffic, according to Bill Mobley, executive director of the Marshall County Industrial Development Authority.
The horse was on the runway at about 8:45 a.m. he said. It took five hours to corral the horse and get it in the trailer.
The horse – a gaited, part Arabian that goes into a trot with the tail up – appeared to have been tethered by a cotton rope, broke loose, found its way onto the airport property and was on the runway, according to George Kahrs, a member of the Humane Society and also a horse owner.
A call to the Federal Aviation Administration brought the airport to a standstill for several hours while the horse was rounded up, put in a horse trailer and carried to the Humane Society’s animal shelter property.
“The airport was busy with a lot of touch and go traffic,” Mobley said Monday.
Several deputies parked patrol cars and ran their flashing blue lights to warn pilots attempting to land at the airport, sometimes to no avail, he said. Other help included several trusty inmates, animal control officers, George Kahrs with the Humane Society, airport director Justin Hall, county administrator Larry Hall and county employees.
“When I got there the horse was running up and down the runway (about 11 a.m.)” Kahrs said. “They had been chasing it several hours. We do not know where he got loose from.”
He said the horse got spooked when people tried to get it rounded up and the horse created a dangerous situation on the runway because there was a crop duster coming in and out of the airport during the morning.
The horse was haltered, he said. The Humane Society is looking for the owner of the horse; otherwise it will have to be adopted out, Kahrs said. He said the horse cannot be approached yet.
“We do not want another scene,” Kahrs said.
The owner may call the Humane Society at 662-564-2900 to claim the horse.
Incidentally, the Marshall County Humane Society held its annual fund-raiser and silent auction at the Eddie Lee Smith Multi-Purpose Center Saturday.
Kahrs said attendance was off by about 25 percent from last year but the fund-raiser was a success due to money it made on the auctioned items and to good sponsorship. Last year's auction raised about $5,000 and this year’s proceeds may come to about $4,000, he said. The money is used to support the operating expenses at the Humane Society’s adoption center in Holly Springs.
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