THERE IS NOTHING LIKE THE LOVE OF AN ANIMAL. THEY WILL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR YOU NO MATTER WHAT AND WILL ALWAYS PUT YOU BEFORE THEMSELVES. THIS IS WHY IT ALWAYS HURTS TO MUCH TO SEE THEM GO KNOWING YOU DIDN’T DESERVE THEIR LOVE.
A tragic moment for the Houston Police Department has been memorialized in a photograph that is going viral. In it, a Houston police officer comforts one of the city’s police horses that was struck by a commercial vehicle.
The officer who had been riding the horse had to be taken to the hospital, so another mounted officer stayed with the animal during its last few minutes before being euthanized.
The police horse had been spooked and tossed her rider before stepping into traffic and being fatally hit by a vehicle, near downtown Houston.
The Animal Justice League issued a statement on social media saying:
“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. We admire the heart & strength of this officer because as you know, when you lose an animal, to be with them during their last breath is a heartbreaking & tough thing to do. Our hearts go out to both officers & the HPD family. RIP Charlotte.”
The Houston Police Department also released a memorial statement on their Facebook page which read:
“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. 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. 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.” READ MORE