Manchester's Mounted Patrol Needs Your Help After Horse's Eye Surgery
File photo — Valor, left, and General Stark make up Manchester's Mounted Patrol.
MANCHESTER — People throughout the state are coming to the aid of a Manchester police horse after an unexpected eye surgery left the department with a depleted budget.
Valor is one of two horses in the Manchester Mounted Patrol unit, which is part of the city’s police department.
A GoFundMe page has been set up in Valor’s name to help the unit pay for its recent medical bills. The goal of the fundraiser was $3,000, but as of Wednesday 84 people raised about $6,385. There have been over 400 shares on Facebook.
On Oct. 19, members of the Mounted Patrol noticed Valor’s eye was discolored. After a visit to the vet and transportation to the Myhre Equine Clinic in Rochester, it was discovered that the horse’s condition was worse than the unit had hoped.
It was determined that Valor had suffered a corneal rupture and unfortunately would lose his eye. According to the fundraising page, the surgery went well and Valor is recovering at the clinic. He will return home soon. Because the surgery and board was so expensive, it severely depleted the unit’s budget. They rely solely on donations and volunteers for funding.
“As a non-profit, we must raise our own money for everything horse related,” the GoFundMe page read. “Vet bills, hay, shoes and equipment are all our responsibility.”
The Mounted Patrol said any help, even a few dollars, would be greatly appreciated.
Valor is expected to fully return to work and patrol the streets again with the unit’s second horse, General Stark.
The GoFundMe page showed numerous comments leaving well-wishes for the recovering horse.
“So sorry to hear about Valor!” wrote Diane Williams. “I'm sure he will be even more popular on the streets of Manchester now. Kids will have a lot of questions. Get ready! LOL.”
“Best wishes for safe and effective healing. I look forward to seeing you in the city again soon,” said Rosalie Smith.
To help the Manchester Mounted Patrol pay for Valor’s medical bills, you can donate on the fundraising site here.