Horse Spotted Motionless In Street, Then Onlookers Notice Police Officer Down Too

An emotional moment for two Houston police officers has become a viral image seen by millions all across the country. An HPD officer is seen lying on the ground in the pic comforting a police horse that was fatally injured by a vehicle.

It seems that the officer riding the horse was taken to the hospital, and another mounted officer remained with the animal to comfort it.

Apparently, the animal spooked and threw her rider before straying into traffic and colliding with a truck in busy downtown Houston.

The HPD generally keeps thirty-eight horses and thirty-two mounted officers in the equestrian unit. They mainly operate with donated horses, but will occasionally purchase horses.

Every HPD service horse must complete an intensive three-month training course to demonstrate they have the temperament and skills to work with the public. Officers are horses are partnered based on both personality and individual riding skill.

Note that every officer in the unit is personally responsible for the care and welfare of their equine partner.

The Animal Justice League published a statement about what happened:

“We’ve always said we support ALL animals and know the relationship with those animals & their person is an incredible thing.

Yesterday, here in Houston, a police horse backed into the wheel well of a concrete truck and sustained a broken leg. While Officer Herrejon (Charlotte’s partner) was being transported by ambulance to the hospital, another officer, Ronald Curry laid her down and covered her face while she took her last breaths before being euthanized on the scene…”

The HPD also put up a statement about the incident on their Facebook page:

“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Charlotte, an HPD Mounted Patrol horse, who died in the line of duty this morning... Charlotte came to HPD as an unstarted 2-year old Tennessee Walker from Oklahoma. She thrived in HPD Mounted Patrol’s barefoot and natural horsemanship programs. She passed her evaluation period with flying colors and was working the streets of Downtown Houston within a short time of being started under saddle.

The statement concluded with praise for the hard-working horse named Charlotte:

“She loved her job and was always ready to go to work putting bad guys in jail or giving nuzzles to children. She served the citizens of Houston for 4 years. She will be missed.”

Source: AWM
Photo: AWM

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