PORTLAND, Ore. - The Portland Police Bureau's Mounted Patrol Unit lost one of their own over the weekend - a 19-year-old horse named Southwind Ian ("Ian").
Ian was the City of Portland's oldest horse and had been serving since 2005. He was a kids' favorite at the stables.
The horse died at Oregon State University's Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Corvallis. Police did not say what he died from, only that it was sudden.
From the Portland Police Bureau:
"Ian's gentle disposition made him the perfect horse to train new officers assigned to the Mounted Patrol. He trained numerous officers during his 7 years of service to the City and most recently graduated a new rider just two weeks ago."
"The Police Bureau would like to extend its gratitude to the veterinarians and staff at Oregon State University's Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital for their professionalism and compassion during a very challenging and emotional situation."
"The current Mounted Patrol Unit was established in 1979 and consists of six officers, one sergeant and 8 horses."