IMPD mourning loss of mounted patrol horse

Photo: IMPD Mounted Patrol

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - The Indianapolis Metro Police Department is mourning the loss of a mounted patrol horse.

IMPD says Colonel, who served with the unit for over six years was humanely put to rest on June 6th because of age and pain.

"He was in a lot of pain, and after much deliberation with the officers, we recognized the best thing for Colonel was to put him to rest," said Allan Whitesell, Commander for the Unit.

Colonel was a Percheron Thoroughbred cross that stood about about 5.5 feet tall with a weight of 1800 pounds. "He was an incredibly strong horse. It was both intimidating and beautiful at the same time," said Whitesell.

IMPD says the unit's herd is increasingly aged with an average age of about 15 years. The Association will now turn to the difficult task of replacing Colonel. Training expenses for a new horse is also supported by the non-profit Association.

If you would like to support the Unit and help purchase a new horse, donate to the IMPD Mounted Horse Patrol Association.

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