HAMILTON TOWNSHIP -- A horse got loose in Monroe County overnight and emergency crews say the animal died in a neighbor's swimming pool.
It happened at a house near Saylorsburg along Meadow Lake Road in Hamilton Township.
Rescuers think the escaped horse tried getting a drink from the neighbor's pool and fell through the cover. The animal wasn't discovered until around 6:30 a.m. Friday and officials think he died from hypothermia.
Emergency crews tell us the horse was considered a close family pet.
"It's like losing a child to many people. It's a hard thing. It's a hard process," said Bruce Barton, Northeast Search and Rescue.
"I could imagine whose ever horse it would be would be very emotional. A horse is a major pet," said neighbor Mike Kotch.
It took rescue crews about 45 minutes to remove the horse from the pool in Monroe County.
A GoFundMe page has been setup to help with burial expenses.