A Houston police officer and his patrol horse had no idea tragedy was about to strike, but a tender moment that has captured the heart of a nation transpired when it did.
Officer D. Herrejon was riding Charlotte on December 3, when she was spooked by a passing cement truck. Herrejon was bucked before Charlotte ran into the street and was fatally struck by another truck, WTSP News reported.
Herrejon was able to reach Charlotte, and comfort her while she took her final breaths. The heart-wrenching moment was caught on camera by an unknown passerby and was shared by the Animal Justice League where it went viral.
The Houston Police Department gave a statement about Charlotte, saying the horse “loved her job” where she served the community for four years.
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.
It is painfully obvious, Charlotte was well loved and cared for too.
The following picture was taken the day before the accident. Thankfully, Office Herrejon was not seriously injured.
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