Blackman Fire Department donated 3,000 gallons of water for horses being cared for by officers from Laurel Hill PAWS.

BAKER— The Blackman Fire Department recently donated 3,000 gallons of water for horses that are being cared for by the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society facility in Laurel Hill.


The shelter took control of six horses after their owner passed away. The family of the owner did not know how to care for them properly, so they called PAWS.


"We got permission from the family to keep the horses on the property but they are being fed and watered by us," PAWS Executive Director Dee Thompson said. "There is a pond on the property but it had dried up so there was no water for them to drink."


After finding out about the pond, the animal control officers began looking for a big container that could hold many gallons of water. Otherwise, the officers would have to carry 20-40 gallons of water out to the horses twice a day.


While searching for a container, Thompson decided to call a few local fire departments. When she spoke with the chief of the Blackman Fire Department, he gave her unexpected news.


The chief not only decided to allow PAWS to borrow a 3,000-gallon water bladder, but also filled the container full of water.


"It was huge, it was kind of one of those happy tear moments that you couldn’t believe," Thompson said. "Never in my wildest dreams would I think that someone would donate something like that and do it with such modesty."


Thompson said PAWS would return the container to the fire department once they are able to move the horses to another location.