Justice for Horse Dead After Cop Reportedly Tied Him Up Without Food or Water

Target: Robert White, Deputy Chief of Denver Mounted Police Department

Goal: Punish officer for reportedly tying police horse up and leaving it to die without food or water.

A police officer’s 10-year-old horse died after the officer reportedly tied the animal up and neglected to give him food or water. The horse, named MC Hammer, spent 16 hours tied up and unable to eat or drink, and possibly unable to even lay down, according to reports. The poor horse was found by other employees, still tied to the hook and in bad shape. The police department alleges that it called a veterinarian, who claimed that MC Hammer was suffering from colic and wouldn’t recover. The horse was then euthanized. However, the department itself stated that medical experts who evaluated the horse were unable to conclude whether his condition was caused by being left in the stall without food or water for approximately 16 hours.

Officer Joseph Teeter of the Denver Police Department’s Mounted Police Division claimed that after he tied up MC Hammer at the patrol barn, he got distracted by paperwork. Despite his carelessness possibly leading to the innocent horse’s suffering and death, Teeter received the pathetic punishment of receiving a “disciplinary letter” and not getting paid for a vacation day. The letter even stated that Teeter put the horse in cruel conditions.

This is a disgusting injustice for the poor horse who died, and it says a lot about how unimportant the lives of innocent animals are in the eyes of police. Police officers should not be above the law when it comes to neglect and cruelty to animals. Please sign this petition to demand that officer Teeter be reprimanded for allegedly neglecting MC Hammer.


Dear Chief White,

A horse had to be euthanized after reportedly being tied up and left without food or water by a police officer. The only investigation was an “internal investigation” conducted by the police department. The officer’s only punishment, according to documents, was a disciplinary letter and one non-paid vacation day. This punishment doesn’t fit the crime at all, and it’s a slap in the face to the innocent horse who suffered and had to die all because of the officer’s alleged carelessness and neglect.

It seems that this officer is treated as if he’s above the law, and this sends the message that the Denver Police Department has no regard for the lives of the animals they use. We demand that this disgusting injustice be reversed and the officer be appropriately punished.


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  1. Janice Meyer says:

    This horse died as a result of negligence by a law enforcement officer. In my view, he is not responsible enough to be in charge of a police horse and I sure wouldn’t want to depend on him to save my life. He should turn in his badge and get a job doing something that requires no responsibility for living beings. This is an egregious oversight by a person who allowed his horse to die from his neglect.

  2. Difficult situation but he needs to be charged with some type of crime. Although it may be suspended or put on the shelf, it would hopefully keep him from working with other animals in the future.

  3. Pamela Chattergoon says:

    I think they should tie the cop up the same way.

  4. Angela Rabon says:

    This is not an investigation or justice! This is a coverup, once again, by police officers!! That is why they are not trusted or liked. If they cannot tell the truth, then why do we have them? I am sick of society having to obey the laws but not the police officers. When will this ever change? I had officers come to my house two weeks ago, I told them my problem, and one of them looked me in the face and told me that I was not telling the truth (three times)! I am still waiting on his superior officer to call me back. How could he call me a liar when he had no idea what happened? He wasn’t there? Police!

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