Hamilton Police horse dies and is remembered as ‘curious and a perpetual child’


Published July 6, 2022 at 3:13 pm

Argyll, right, was part of the mounted unit with Hamilton Police. (HPS photo)

The Hamilton Police are mourning the death of one of their “smartest horses” — Argyll, who had been part of the mounted unit for two years.

The seven-year-old Percheron Cross, who was distinguished by a triangular white mark on his forehead, died as a result of an accidental injury that occurred while off-duty. Specialists at the Ontario Veterinary College Large Animal Hospital in Guelph did everything they could to treat him, the police said.

Argyll joined the mounted unit in 2020, and was named after The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada, known as Princess Louise regiment. The naming was meant to honour the close connection between the Hamilton Police (HPS) and the local regiment.

“Argyll was one of the smartest horses I have ever worked with,” Sgt. Denise Leonard of HPS said. “He was brave, confident, curious and a perpetual child. He was constantly getting into things and kept those working with him on our toes. He was an excellent horse to work with and he quickly settled into policing.”

Percherons, a breed of draft horse, are highly regarded for being strong, smart and willing to work. They are often involved in equestrian sports such as show jumping.

Hamilton Police have had a mounted patrol unit since 2010.

(Cover photo via Hamilton Police Service. Argyll is on the right side of the photo.)

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