Slimmed-down Oregon police horse collars suspect

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Associated Press

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 27 at 12:00 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon horse that had to lose 200 pounds before it could join the Portland Police Bureau's Mounted Patrol Unit has collared its first suspect.

Murphy, carrying Officer Cassandra Wells, chased down a man suspected of breaking into a building last week and kept him trapped next to a building until officers could cuff him.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/eRgfbF ) Murphy galloped about six blocks.

Murphy was added to the mounted patrol last year, but when he arrived at the barn he weighed 1,900 pounds. The unit didn't have a saddle big enough for him.

After losing 200 pounds he went through training and is now on Portland streets.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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