A policeman comforts a fallen partner in the final moments

A Houston police officer has been photographed lying in the street with his dying mount following an accident, in a gesture of heartbreaking devotion.

The image, first shared to the Animal Justice League Facebook page on December 5 has received more than 6230 likes, 785 comments and 2100 shares.

It shows Officer D. Herrejon of the Houston Police Department comforting six-year-old police horse “Charlotte” during her final moments.

“Yesterday a police horse was spooked, bucked the rider and ran into the street where it was unfortunately then hit by a truck,” the photo’s caption explains.

“This is a pic of the officer laying with her while she took her last breath.
“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 heartbreaking and tough thing to do.”

While Officer Herrejon sustained no injuries following his fall, it is clear by the image he was left distressed by the death of his mount.
“You undergo a lot of training as a [mounted police] officer,” Houston Police Department spokesman Keese Smith said.

“You work with those horses on a daily basis. Those horses undergo a lot of training before they’re put on the street, so there would be a bond. Those horses are those officers’ partners.”
The truck driver who struck Charlotte is not believed to be at fault and currently faces no charges.

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