An officer did not want to see the animal that had worked with their department and them closely, dying alone. He did something heartbreakingly beautiful to ensure she wasn't alone in her last moments.
People say compassion and love are hard to find in the world today. However, some incidents prove it all wrong. It makes us believe in the good that exists in the world and shows us that human beings are still capable of being kind and empathetic to other beings. One such incident from Houston shows us how.
According to Telegraph, a Huston police officer, D. Herrejon was riding his horse, Charlotte on 5 December, 2019, at about 10:15 am when the unthinkable happened. The poor animal was hit by a cement truck. "The horse got spooked by something from behind, and when she spun around, she actually struck a cement truck," said Keese Smith, a Houston Police Department spokesman.
Herrejon, who suffered a fall was immediately rushed to the hospital but was found to have sustained no serious injuries. However, Charlotte was severely injured. Another officer, Ronald Curry who saw the gentle animal fighting for her life laid down close to her as she lay fallen on the ground, during its last moments.
He covered her face with his hands and stuck by her as she took her last breath. A social media post showed the picture of the officer with his arms wrapped around the horse, comforting the animal during its last few minutes.
"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. Thank you to her for loving her partner & friend until the end. Our hearts go out to her & the HPD family," wrote Houston-based Animal Justice League that posted the heartfelt picture.
Facebook users were quick to appreciate the officer who decided to be there for the animal in need. "I am so sorry for the loss of this beautiful creature and so glad her friend was there with her in her final moments," wrote one. Others sympathized with the officer and shared similar experiences.
The Houston Police Department too posted on the official page announcing the death of the Charlotte. "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 stated that Charlotte had been part of the department for over 4 years. "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," wrote the department on the Facebook post.