Last year, a malnourished horse was boarding a truck destined for the slaughterhouses of Mexico. Today, he is the newest recruit to join the police mounted unit in Cleveland, Ohio.
A woman saw him boarding the Mexico-bound truck after an auction in western Ohio in the summer of 2012.
She felt the need to buy him and save him from that sad fate.
She sent his picture to Beverly Ball, a friend in Sandusky, who was compelled to adopt him. She named him Jakar, which means “compelling love”.
“I knew he had something special and that underneath this big guy’s broken spirit was a gem waiting to be revealed,” she said.
Jakar was malnourished and it took lots of time and love to nurse him back to health.
His curious and friendly personality convinced Ball that he would be a good mounted police horse.
She contacted Sergeant Mark Medwid and ultimately decided to donate him to the Cleveland Police Mounted Unit.
Sergeant Medwid visited Jakar at Ball’s farm and took him to his new home at the police stable in May this year.
Jakar completed his police horse training and, after a three-month probationary period, is now a fully fledged member of the mounted unit.
He is the only rescue horse among the eight-strong mounted division, which has been operating for more than a century.
He regularly patrols the neighborhoods throughout the City of Cleveland and can often be found on Public Square.
The public in Cleveland have been told say “hi” to Jakar if they see him, as he loves people.
The mounted unit lost its city funding in 2004, but keeps operating thanks to community donations through the Friends of the Cleveland Mounted Police.
More information, or to sponsor the horses, visit the Cleveland Police Foundation website.