KC firefighters help rescue trapped deer from backyard swimming pool

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Firefighters helped pull a trapped deer from a backyard swimming pool in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday morning.

Homeowner Heidi Parrish Martin says she first noticed the trapped deer around midnight when she let her dogs outside the home along West 98th Street near Wornall. Heidi says the dogs were barking loudly and she heard splashing coming from the pool.

Kari Thompson with KCPD says Animal Control was at the home with KCPD for two hours Wednesday morning trying to figure out a way to help the animal and couldn’t come up with a solution with their resources so they called the fire department.

Firefighters were finally able to free the deer around 8:23 a.m.

"Heroes?," Battalion Chief Tim Sheil said. "We just coaxed a deer out of water."

Chief Sheil says when he climbed into the pool his plan was to get a rope around the deer and see if he could get her out of the water. Within 10 to 15 minutes, Chief Sheil had the deer out of the water.

"I hated to see the deer in the water for so long," neighbor Mile Dold said. "I know it was hurting and shivering because it was cold and nervous, but they got her out."

Mike arrived on the scene around 8 a.m., and used a ladder to try to keep the deer on one side of the pool. Dold says he is thankful the deer is now free and appeared to be okay.

It is unclear how long the deer had been trapped in the water.

Check out photos of the rescue below.



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