Heartbroken police officer comforts dying horse on side of the road
A photo of a police officer comforting his dying horse as it took its last breath has been shared on Facebook
Published 09/12/2015 | 09:40
This is the heart-breaking moment a police officer stayed with a dying horse in her last moments after a traffic accident.
Charlotte was a horse with the Houston Police Department for four years before she was tragically hit by a cement truck.
“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 in a motor vehicle accident,” the department said.
“This is an ongoing investigation, but the driver of the vehicle is not believed to be at-fault. Her rider, Officer D. Herrejon, was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but is doing well.
“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 colours and was working the streets of Downtown Houston within a short time of being started under saddle.
“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 four years. She will be missed.”
The photo was shared by Houston’s Animal Justice League on Facebook and shared by thousands of users.
“We admire the heart and strength of this officer because as you know, when you lose an animal, to be with them during their last breath is a heart-breaking and tough thing to do,” they wrote in a post.