Newly slim Portland police horse gets bad guy

Newly slim Portland police horse gets bad guy

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by Associated Press and KGW.com Staff

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Posted on June 27, 2014 at 7:31 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 27 at 1:55 PM

PORTLAND -- A horse that had to lose 200 pounds before it could join the Portland Police Bureau's Mounted Patrol Unit has collared its first bad guy.

Murphy, carrying Officer Cassandra Wells, chased down a man suspected of breaking into a building last week and kept him trapped next to a building until officers could cuff him.

“I was very, very happy with how he did it,” Wells told KGW. “Just kind of shows that the training that we do here has paid off and he's becoming a really good police horse.”

Murphy was added to the mounted patrol last year, but when he arrived at the barn he weighed 1,900 pounds. The unit didn't have a saddle big enough for him.

After losing 200 pounds he went through training and is now on Portland streets.

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