An NYPD horse was attacked by a pit bull in Brooklyn Wednesday afternoon and is being treated for bite wounds and abrasions, police say.
The stallion, named Pompey II, was with mounted officer Luis Ramos on Essex Street in Brownsville at around 1 p.m. when the dog charged the horse, bitting it in the chest and inner left leg, police said.
Ramos was able to control Pompey II during the attack, and a second mounted officer, Laurene Bove, came to their assistance with her horse, Limerick.
Bove and Limerick managed to get the dog to retreat into a yard and police located the owner, who secured the pit bull safely, according to the NYPD.
The dog was taken to the Center for Animal Care and Control on Linden Boulevard in Brooklyn while police investigate.
Ramos said Pompey II normally gets along very well with dogs.
"We've actually encountered many dogs throughout our 7-year career together," Ramos told NBC 4 New York Thursday. "And he's very friendly with dogs, he's a big lover. Unfortunately this was just an isolated incident with this one dog."
Pompey II was returned to the Troop E stable on Brighton Third Street, where he'll be treated by a veterinarian. The horse is expected to fully recover after a few days rest and "he will also receive a few extra apples and carrots," the NYPD said.