Austin police hold memorial for four-legged colleague

(Thomas Costley/KXAN)
(Thomas Costley/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department said goodbye to one of their four-legged colleagues on Wednesday.

The officers held a memorial service for Drago, a horse who served on the Austin Police Mounted Patrol.

(Thomas Costley/KXAN)
(Thomas Costley/KXAN)

Drago died from cancer complications and his ashes were buried today. He was 10 years old and served with APD officers from 2009 through this year.

APD says Drago served often with officers on Sixth Street to keep things under control and enjoyed interacting with people, especially children.

The Austin Police Department Mounted Patrol Unit currently has 14 horses. Eight officers serve on the unit, but that number can increase during special events. There are also two full-time civilian employees who work as stable attendants for the horses.

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