A Miami mounted patrol officer was forced to defend his mounted patrol horse when attacked by a stray dog. For reasons not known, the dog charged the horse and began biting the horse’s legs. The officer tried to move his horse, Sara, out of the way, but the dog continued the provocation. The mounted officer shot and killed the dog to prevent further injury to his horse. A mounted patrol horse is part of a team and an attack on the horse is like attacking a police officer. It appears the officer did what he could to remove his mounted patrol horse from harm, but eventually was required to use his weapon to stop the attack.