A Creek County woman mourns the loss of her best friend of five years. This is the second time in a year she's experienced a dangerous event.
Tuesday afternoon, Elizabeth Lucero was forced to put down her 8-year-old paint horse Azula.
Monday night, Azula fell into a trench at Elizbeth's mom house in north Tulsa. It took Tulsa Firefighter Rescue Unit and a veterinarian hours to rescue Azula.
Lucero said her mom dug the trench for plumbing,
"She wasn't a skinny horse. She was pretty wide. It was really tough getting stuff under her," said Lucero.
Elizabeth moved Azula and her other horse Luna to her mom's home in August 2012 after she said Creek County firefighters knocked down her pasture's fence to extinguish the summer's wildfires.
"This isn't the right place for them, but when you can't come up with the funds to fix the pasture, what are you going to do?" she asked. "Mortgage comes first, right?"
Now, Luna is staying in a boarded-up shed so she too won't fall into the trench.
It's the same shed Elizabeth slept next to outside in the rain Monday night as she tried to get injured Azula to stand back up. She kept telling her "you have to stand up. Please stand up. I don't care if you lay back down. Please stand up. She tried so hard. It just didn't happen."
Azula's injury to her spine forced Elizabeth to put her down. The same horse that leaves an impression on the earth with a hoof print, and on her owner.
She said, "I'm sorry. I love you. Sleep well."
Elizabeth bought Luna and Azula together. Although not sisters by blood, Luna keeps neighing for her.
Now, Elizabeth is searching for a safe place for Luna to go temporarily. You can contact her at 918-645-9550.
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