THIS HERE IS Quixote, the police horse.
While the four-year-old was out at a park in London for training with a Mounted Branch police officer yesterday, he was bitten by a dog.
The French bull terrier cross staff’s owner – a 26-year-old woman – now faces a court appearance for her pet’s actions.
Scotland Yard has also used the incident to warn other owners about keeping their dogs under control.
Detectives today confirmed that she will receive a summons for “allowing her dog to be dangerously out of control in a public place” and for “criminal damage to police property”.
Quixote was being ridden towards the entrance of the park when the dog ran towards him. According to the police report, he kept barking at the horse before leaping at it. He the bit his upper front leg, inflicting two puncture wounds.
A member of the public intervened, removed the dog from continuing to bite the horse and managed to restrain him before Safer Neighbourhood officers from Greenwich attended to assist.
Quixote was treated by a vet back at police stables. The dog was also taken to a vet as he had sustained injuries when the horse tried to stop the attack.
Luckily, Quixote is now said to be doing well…and looking great.
Making the incident public, PC Katherine Smith said:
“Although the vast majority of dog owners do behave responsibly, there is a small minority who still fail to control their dogs.
All dogs, especially certain breeds, need to be properly managed so they do not become aggressive and it is the responsibility of owners to keep their dogs under control.
“Responsible dog ownership is important for the safety of everybody. If you believe a dog has a tendency to bite, always think about safety,” she concluded.
Images: Metropolitan Police Service