Source: National Pet Rescue Examiner
Portsmouth Police Officer Brian Davis and his wife Jennifer Davis were charged on Tuesday for animal cruelty in the starvation death of their former horse. Officer Davis, 34, was assigned to the K-9 Unit, and has been temporarily transferred to an administrative position pending the outcome of the investigation.
According to Wavy.com, the horse named Amy was a police mount for 14 years. When she was retired in 2009, Officer Davis and his wife Jennifer, 33, adopted the horse and brought her to their home in Suffolk.
Four years later Debra and David Kelly adopted Amy from the Davis family. Debra had been the former stable manager for the Portsmouth Police. Sadly by this time the horse was unrecognizable as the healthy and happy horse she had once been while at the police stables.
Over a two-week period, the Kellys’ tried desperately to bring the severely emaciated horse back to health. There were four visits from their veterinarian, and a comment that stated Amy suffered from “long term starvation in the hands of the previous owner.”
Amy was humanely euthanized two weeks later; her body could not repair the long term neglect.
The Davis’ face two misdemeanor charges of animal cruelty and inadequate care of animals.
A sign in the Kellys’ barn reads ” AMY – 1983-2013 – 3/21/13 End of Watch.
Rest in peace Amy, and thank you for your service.