A police horse in Texas has suffered fatal injuries in a road accident while on duty.
The Houston Police Department said Charlotte, who had been with the force for four years, suffered serious injuries to her hind legs and was euthanized at the scene.
Houston Police said the accident was being investigated, but the driver of the cement truck involved was not believed to be at fault.
The accident occurred around 10.15am on Thursday in the 200 block of Fannin at Congress. Six-year-old Charlotte spooked and backed into the path of the truck.
Charlotte arrived at the department as an unstarted 2-year old Tennessee Walker from Oklahoma.
She thrived in the 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,” a spokesman said.
“She served the citizens of Houston for four years. She will be missed.”