WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A four-legged member of the Wilmington Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Unit is recovering from surgery to remove a melanoma tumor.
Comet, a 16-year-old dapple grey gelding-thoroughbred cross breed, has served with WPD for more than 10 years. He is one of three horses in the unit.
The surgery took place the first week of December at NC State’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Comet is expected to be out of work for about a month.
In a tweet, WPD shared an update on Wednesday.
The Mounted Patrol Unit responds to calls for service as regular patrol units do, but with an emphasis on crowd control in the downtown area. It also participates in ceremonial functions such as parades and funerals.
WPD's Mounted Patrol Unit is a member of the Carolinas Mounted Patrol Association, which is comprised of mounted patrol units in North and South Carolina and attends yearly training and certification.
Comet was also featured in WECT’s 24-hour PD series.