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Ohio Animal Hospital Offering Free Care of Police Horses Injured During Riots

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The aftermath of a riot is devastating. Business owners are left to pick up the pieces of their livelihoods, and many people on both sides walk away with injuries.

But when animals get involved, people get even more upset. They’re innocent bystanders, whether they’ve been pressed into service or were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Mounted cops have responded to many scenes where protesting has devolved into violent behavior, and the situations have been every bit as dangerous for the horses as they have been for the people.

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While horses are big, powerful animals, they can become dangerous in a matter of seconds if they get spooked. During violent protests, when items start getting lobbed at cops, they often strike the horses as well and things can get out of hand very quickly.

In London, a mounted cop was injured when her horse got frightened and started running. The cop was knocked out of her saddle and, according to the Metropolitan Police, was receiving hospital treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. The horse made its way safely home to the stables.

In Dallas, a police horse named Cash was injured when a protester threw a large rock at its face. While the horse was wearing an eye guard, the brick appeared to have caught him on the cheek and gashed him open.

Photos showed police and firefighters using towels to staunch the bleeding.

As of June 2, Cash was reportedly doing well and was on the mend.

“Cash is healing nicely,” the Dallas Police Department Tactical Support Unit shared on Facebook. “We would like to thank everyone for their concern and get well wishes!”

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On May 30, the Animal Eye Institute of Cincinnati, Ohio, made a generous offer for any horses in their area like Cash who might need medical attention after sustaining riot- or protest-related injuries.

“We aren’t in any way going to get political here, but if any police horses have eye injuries from protests from Columbus down to Lexington, we will treat them for free,” they posted, using a photo of Cash to highlight their point.

“Just call the office or send us an email. The big gentle giants don’t deserve to be hurt.”

Hopefully no more horses will be injured and no police departments will have to take up the medical group’s offer, but it’s a kind gesture, and it’s reassuring to know that there are people out there who care and are willing to help where they can.

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Amanda holds an MA in Rhetoric and TESOL from Cal Poly Pomona. After teaching composition and logic for several years, she's strayed into writing full-time and especially enjoys animal-related topics.
As of January 2019, Amanda has written over 1,000 stories for The Western Journal but doesn't really know how. Graduating from California State Polytechnic University with a MA in Rhetoric/Composition and TESOL, she wrote her thesis about metacognitive development and the skill transfer between reading and writing in freshman students.
She has a slew of interests that keep her busy, including trying out new recipes, enjoying nature, discussing ridiculous topics, reading, drawing, people watching, developing curriculum, and writing bios. Sometimes she has red hair, sometimes she has brown hair, sometimes she's had teal hair.
With a book on productive communication strategies in the works, Amanda is also writing and illustrating some children's books with her husband, Edward.
Austin, Texas
Languages Spoken
English und ein bißchen Deutsch
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Faith, Animals, Cooking