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Runaway horse & buggy in Columbia County

MARCELLON (WKOW) — Columbia County Sheriff’s Office dealt with a runaway Amish horse and buggy on Saturday.

Around 11:17 a.m. the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a runaway Amish horse and buggy, according to a news release.

The buggy was reported to be unoccupied and traveling southbound on Hwy 22 in the township of Marcellon.

Officials say the owner tied the horse to a post earlier in the day but it was able to free itself.

Deputies were dispatched to the area with concerns of the horse and buggy getting into a head-on collision with another vehicle.

A deputy was able to locate the horse and buggy just as it turned eastbound on Hwy 33 from Hwy 22, according to officials.

The deputy was able to get in front of the horse and buggy to warn oncoming traffic on Highway 33 of the runaway horse and buggy.

Upon reaching the area of Highway 33 and McElroy Road in Marcellon Township, the deputy slowed down in an attempt to slow the horse down.

However, officials say the horse continued at a full gallop and ran into the back of the squad car, resulting in an injury to the horse’s leg.

The horse and buggy owner was located and a veterinarian specializing in equine care was called to the scene.

After being examined by the equine specialist, officials said the horse owner was advised the horse needed to be euthanized.

The deputy was not injured and but the squad car was damaged, requiring a crash report to be completed.

The Wisconsin State Patrol assisted the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office by responding and handling the crash investigation.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said they want to “extend its sincere and heartfelt thoughts to the area Amish community in the loss of their horse.”

Victoria Saha

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