Weekly News 12/14/2015: Rest in Peace Patrol Horse Charlotte

By: Funeralwise | Date: Thu, December 17th, 2015

On December 3rd, Houston Police officer Officer D. Herrejon and his partner, Patrol Horse Charlotte, were traveling on a busy downtown thorofare when a loud noise startled her. Charlotte jerked to the side and collided with a cement truck. A passerby snapped a touching photo of Officer Herrejon with Charlotte, who had to be euthanized as a result of the accident. In honor of Charlotte, HPD created a tribute video which we are sharing here.

Rest in Peace Officer Charlotte

Patrol Horse Charlotte

A photo taken by a passerby of Officer D. Herrejon comforting his injured parter, Patrol Horse Charlotte, went viral after it was posted on the Animal Justice League’s Facebook page.

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