Police horse retrieved after running free through Montreal
Saturday, May 3, 2014, 8:39 -
A riderless police horse took a brief -- yet speedy and unexpected -- trip down Sherbrooke St. in Montreal Saturday afternoon after it escaped from its handler.
The animal, identified as a 10-year-old horse named Tazzio, was seen galloping west along Notre-Dame-de-Grâce at 4 p.m., managing to dodge officers for nearly thirty minutes.
The CRAZIEST sight Ive ever seen! A horse just GALLOPED FAST down the street & 3 mins later an RCMP furiously driving 2 catch him! #Montreal— Women On The Fence® (@EricaDiamond) May 3, 2014
Const. Danny Richer tells the Canadian Press that no one was injured in the wild chase.
The Montreal Gazette reported there was loud claps of thunder just before the incident.
PLEASR RT: PLEASE BE CAREFUL THERE IS A SPOOKED POLICE HORSE RUINING THROUGH NDG In #montreal RIGHT NOW... DRIVE CAREFULLY...— Ayisha Issa (@Ayisha_Issa) May 3, 2014
Officials managed to get Tazzio under control around 4:30 p.m.
The horse previously made headlines in May 2010 after suffering minor injuries during a protest.
According to the force's website, Montreal police have a cavalry of 11 horses, which are often used to patrol parks and help with crowd control during parades and protests.
With files from The Canadian Press and Montreal Gazette