Police Horse Dies After Being Left Tied In His Stall For 16 Hours

A Denver Police Department mounted patrol horse passed away after being left tied in his stall for 16 hours without food or water.  Officer Joseph Teether left the horse, MC Hammer, a 10-year-old gelding, tied in his stall after a day of patrolling downtown in September.  Investigators do not believe that this was intentional.  A disciplinary letter obtained by The Denver Post said, “Though not intentional on his part, Officer Teeter’s forgetfulness exposed a live animal to cruel and extreme conditions.”

According to a letter, upon returning from a day of patrolling, the officer unloaded MC Hammer and tied him in his stall.  He then removed his saddle and brought it to the tack room but was distracted with paperwork and forgot about his horse.  MC Hammer was discovered at 6:15 a.m. the next day and was given food and water.  At first, he appeared “bright, alert and responsive”, but around noon he started showing signs of pain and was taken to Littleton Equine Medical Center where he was monitored overnight.

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2017/01/09/denver-officer-punished-after-unattended-patrol-horse-dies/

MC Hammer was diagnosed with colic and was euthanized.  Officer Teether was docked one vacation day after the incident.  According to the letter, Teeter had taken responsibility for his conduct and showed genuine remorse.

Teeter continues as a member of the department’s mounted patrol, said Christine Downs, a Denver police spokeswoman.“The officer feels horrible about this situation,” Downs said. “It was an accident. We love our animal partners.”

Source:  Denver Post

9 Responses

  1. Will Atkinson

    This is an epic ‘fail’ on the part of a person in a professionally responsible position. I could understand a casual horse owner doing this, but it’s unconscionable for a human to ‘forget’ his partner and allow his demise. No, this is unforgiveable and the officer should never be allowed to be in a horse partnership again. Parking meter detail after a long suspension.

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  2. Pat

    All stalled horses should be checked between 10pm to midnight so the Dept is also negligent.

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  3. pat

    there is more to the horses illness than going without food or water for that time, all though negligent and surely made him uncomfortable….that in itself would not kill him

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    • Anonymous

      yes it would.. horses need to be consuming forage on a regular basis to keep their guts moving.. they aren’t like dogs or cats. Very prone to colic and that can lead to death if too far advanced.

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  4. JOAN POST

    IF HE “LOVED” HIS HORSE HE WOULD NOT LET THAT HAPPEN!!

    HE SHOULD BE PUNISHED SEVERELY!!

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  5. kathy szeyller

    The veterinarian that would not say this incident caused the colic is just protecting that officer. Anyone with any horse sense knows that this colic attack was caused by this officer. The Denver police who handed out his “punishment” should be investigated as well. A classic case of protecting one another.

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