12/09/2015 05:19 EST | Updated 12/09/2015 05:59 EST

Police Horse Dies In Arms Of Officer

Anyone who has loved an animal knows how heartbreaking it is to watch them suffer.

Officer D. Herrejon felt that pain firsthand after he lost his patrol horse while on duty in Houston, Texas. The Tennessee Walker, named Charlotte, was frightened by a car while on patrol and bucked Herrejon from her seat before bolting on to the road where she was struck and killed by a truck.

"She loved her job and was always ready to go to work putting bad guys in jail or giving nuzzles to children."

Despite being shaken himself, Herrejon held and comforted the horse as she lay dying in the road.

We've always said we support ALL animals, and know the relationship with those animals & their person is an incredible...

Posted by Animal Justice League on Friday, December 4, 2015

The Houston Police Department shared a series of photos of Charlotte and Herrejon on their Facebook page in honour of the horse last week.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Charlotte, an HPD Mounted Patrol horse, who died in the line of...

Posted by Houston Police Department on Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Mounted Patrol unit of the police department is used for crowd control and enforcement of the law, as well as public relations.

Charlotte had been with the police department for four years.

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