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Police Horse Dies of Heart Attack
05 Oct 2000
A 27-year-old police horse that was used to terrorize peacefully-seated protesters outside of Tuesday presidential debate died later that night of a heart attack, according to an article in this morning's Boston Globe.



Here's the story ("State troopers mourn for a veteran mount")that appeared on Page B5. It was placed beneath a story about 33 protesters being released from jail after posting bond.

"State troopers mourn for a veteran mount"

by Jessica Roeber

"Last night state troopers ssaid farewell to a 16-year member of the force who had served valiantly and died in the line of duty.

It was a 27-year-old police horse named Adame, but known by troopers as Frenchie because of his fine French breeding.

The horse died of a heart attack at 12:30 a.m. after a long and stressful night helping troopers control protesters outside the presidential debate at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

"He was a very couregeous horse," said Sergeant James Condon, head of the Horse Patrol Unit. "He did everything. We were very attached to him."

Condon said that Frenchie was one of the oldest active horses on the force. He saw the vet regularly and was in exceptional shape, said Condon.

"He didn't look his age at all," said Condon. "He looked like a million bucks. We're all sorry to see him go."

Frenchie who lived at the State Police stables in Acton, was trained to protect troopers during dangerous situations, Condon said. "His duties mainly included crowd control at all sorts of events throughout the state, he said.

Troopers are looking for a horse to fill Frenchie's ample iron shoes. Condon urged anyone wanting to make an equine donation to call State Police at 978-263-4858."

END OF STORY

NOTE: Officer Joe DeYoung repeatedly used this horse as a battering ram to try to drive a wedge in the front lines of the protesters who were sitting and blockading in the street at the end of Tuesday night's debate. When the horse refused to advance any further and the police retreated, the crowd began chanting, "Shame! Shame! Shame! A horse is not a weapon! A horse is not a weapon! A horse is not a weapon!"

Anyone wishing to share their opinions about how this horse was used, can reach the Massachusetts State Police at 617-523-1212 or 617-740-7600. Perhaps there are some people with PETA or other animal rights organizations who could help with this.
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A question:
05 Oct 2000
Could the chemical weapons that police used against activists (teargas, pepper-spray, etc.) affected the health of this horse?
Another omitted detail
05 Oct 2000
One thing the story failed to mention is that when the police were trying to trample protestors (to 'control' them, apparently), police behind the mount continuously hit the horses' flanks with their clubs. Protestors know that horses don't like to walk on sitting humans, so they often sat down. The horses wouldn't advance and got hit. In one instance, I saw a protestor gently stroking a fear-stricken horse's neck while police clubbed his flanks. Shame is right. And the dogs as well -- they didn't want to be there, I'm sure.
Chem Weapons and Horses
06 Oct 2000
Hmmmmmm, Morgan. If horses' reactions to pepper spray are anything like humans', my guess is a heart attack would've been induced pretty quickly. It was probably just the stress. The shit they were using on us may well have had long term effects, but not exactly the kind of thing that induces a heart attack. More likely they beat the horse silly and it later died.
I Hope He Didn't Die In Vain
06 Oct 2000
I hope this incident somehow reached through the layers of callousness and wrenched the heart of at least someone of the law enforcment involved. This is so shameful. What warped stretch of the imagination could avoid seeing that hitting the horses to force them to walk on people is not cruelty? (to both four and two leggeds) Can someone possilbly believe it was the demonstraters fault for sitting there? Someone in their heart of hearts must be feeling utter shame! The horses don't want to walk on people. I can only pray that some of these humans in blue wake up and resist attacking folks also.
Animal Cruelty is wrong
06 Oct 2000
my heart is crying for those poor horses.

Look at it this way though...at least he/she is no longer a slave to the evil police state and is in Heaven.

Love,
Tim