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Mayor Richard J. Berry’s Office Honors APD Officers

Mayor Richard J. Berry’s Office Honors APD Officers for saving the lives of abandoned horses.

July 27, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - On Friday, July 27, 2012, Mayor Richard J. Berry’s Office recognized a group of police officers for their roles in protecting the lives of abused horses.

Officers Jeremy Dear, Bruce DeHerrera, and Sonny Molina are this week’s Friday’s Heroes.

Last month these officers responded to a call in Albuquerque regarding a possible home invasion. A homeowner called 911 to report that an armed subject had broken into the home and fallen asleep. The homeowner said that when he came back home the subject got scared off and ran to hide somewhere on the property.

The responding officers called in K9 units and began searching the property. They were unable to find the intruder but while looking these officers discovered malnourished horses on the property. The horses were dehydrated and starving, with the temperature in the City of Albuquerque in the 90s the animals were in dire straits. 

Officers DeHerrera, Dear, and Molina called the Livestock Inspectors but they knew the horses needed immediate attention.  The officers scoured the area and were able to locate a couple bales of hay to feed the horses and gave the horses water in their stalls.

Officers Dear and Molina met with the Livestock Inspectors at the end of their shift and stayed about five hours after their shift was over to insure the animals received the necessary care and protection.