Amidst all the fires and crime stories, you're probably ready for some good news. I certainly am. Would it brighten your day to learn over 40 Colorado horses were saved thanks to the efforts of area firefighters?

On Monday, the water well system failed at Zuma's Rescue Ranch in Littleton. This well provides drinking water for roughly 45 thirsty horses living at the ranch. Initially, the staff at the ranch attempted to contact a private water delivery company. When that failed, they contacted the South Metro Fire Rescue.

According to, firefighters arrived within 15 minutes of being contacted. Jodi Messenich, the founder of Zuma's Rescue Ranch, said, "I cried when they showed up."

Firefighters used water from firetrucks to keep the horse hydrated until such time as the well could be fixed. How much will that cost? According to Messenich, fixing the well could cost up to $25,000. That's a big chunk of change for a non-profit providing housing for rescued horses in various stages of rehabilitation.

Littleton is currently enjoying milder temperatures than Western Colorado. On the other hand, while the next few days offer cooler temperatures, there also exists chances of severe thunderstorms. By this weekend, the horses will see high temperatures in the mid-80's and rain showers.

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