Police in Florida’s St. Lucie County rounded up two loose horses roaming around town after a driver encountered them on the side of the road in Fort Pierce on the morning of March 1.
The horses were seen on Oleander Avenue near Farmer’s Market Road.
According to a Facebook post from the Fort Pierce Police Department, the driver called 9-1-1 out of concern for the animals’ safety.
Fort Pierce police officers then intercepted the horses at Oleander Avenue and Edwards Road with the assistance of deputies from the Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. Officers and deputies worked together to corral the horses and secure them in an open field nearby.
Fortunately for the officers, one of their own had a horse trailer.
Officer N. Anton and Officer Nikitenko contacted Officer Spotts, who brought his horse trailer to the scene. Officers then successfully loaded both horses into the vehicle.
After the horses were transported to a temporary holding location, the department put out a call for their owner to claim them on Facebook, with a post that read: “Do you recognize them or are you or know someone who are missing them? If so, please call the St. Lucie County Emergency Operations Center at 772-465-5770 to arrange for a reunion.”
Police confirmed later that they made contact with the owner the following day and that the horses would soon be reunited.
The owner told police that the horses were “best buddies” and did not like to be separated.
Facebook users applauded the officers for their work.