WILLISTON, VT (NECN) An appreciative horse owner in Williston, Vermont is praising the town's fire department for helping rescue her large Belgian draft horse from thick mud and chilly water.

Tommy, as the animal is known, became stuck in the muck Sunday, and after several hours in a bog behind his owners' field, was plucked to safety.

"I just knew he was in big trouble," said Millie Whitcomb, Tommy's owner. "We were almost hopeless."

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