A touching photograph showing a police officer comforting his dying horse in her last moments has gone viral this week.
The photo shows Charlotte, a horse with the Houston Police Department, lying on the street after being struck by a truck. Her partner, Officer D. Herrejon, is pictured embracing her.
According to the Houston Police Department, Charlotte had served as a police horse for four years.
“She loved her job and was always ready to go to work putting bad guys in jail or giving nuzzles to children,” the department wrote in a Dec. 4 Facebook post.
Officer Herrejon had been riding Charlotte on Dec. 3 when the horse suddenly became spooked by a cement truck and bucked her partner from her back, reports WTSP.com. She was then hit by the truck.
The news outlet says an investigation has been launched into the accident. The truck driver, however, is “not believed to be at fault” for the crash.