Dallas Police horse ‘Cash’ sustained a deep wound after a violent protester threw a brick at his head.
People across the country have taken to the streets to protest against police brutality after the death of George Floyd. While most of the protests have been peaceful, some have turned into riots.
A protest in downtown Dallas quickly turned into a riot when protesters “began smashing windows, looting and setting fires,” reports photojournalist @FOX4Terry. During the chaos, police horse Cash was hit in the head by a large brick or rock by a violent protester, who was detained.
Officers and firefighters rushed to help stop the bleeding from the large gaping wound on the horse’s head. The photo of Cash’s bloodied face surrounded by officers went viral.
The suspect, 18-year-old Alexander Delgado, was arrested and charged with assault of a police animal, which is a felony.
Cash returned to the stables to recover and the Dallas Police Department reassured concerned citizens that he was “on the mend”. Aside from wishing Cash a speedy recovery, many people sent treats and gifts.
The officers made sure Cash received the best care. “Cash has been enjoying some TLC getting apples, carrots and peppermints.”
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#Update Good news, Cash a Dallas Police horse wounded in the rioting is back at work. While still healing with some minor swelling to his snoot he’s doing well. Cash has been enjoying some TLC getting apples, carrots and pepperments. Police say 18 year old Alexander Delgado threw the rock that hit Cash. Delgado was arrested and now facing a felony charge. #crime #news #FOX4 @FOX4 #newsphotographer #photojournalism #photographer #Dallas #Texas #police #horse #arrest #GeorgeFloyd #GeorgeFloydRiots #georgefloydprotest #animal #thinblueline #CashStrong #DallasPolice #DallasFireRescue @dallaspd
Cash has made a full recovery and is back at work, but this incident and others involving police horses have people questioning if horses belong at protests. The lives of the horses, officers, and protesters are endangered when protests turn into riots.
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