Retired horse from Tempe Police Mounted Unit ailing

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Officer Moose is a 10-year-old draft cross gelding. (Source: Animal Guardian Network) Officer Moose is a 10-year-old draft cross gelding. (Source: Animal Guardian Network)
Officer Moose (Source: Animal Guardian Network) Officer Moose (Source: Animal Guardian Network)
Officer Moose (Source: Animal Guardian Network) Officer Moose (Source: Animal Guardian Network)
CAVE CREEK, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A fundraiser is in the works for an ailing horse retired from the Tempe Police Mounted Unit.

Officer Moose was one of the seven horses in the unit until he retired due to a disability.

Veterinarians say the horse, currently on antibiotics, is showing some strange symptoms and medical tests are needed.

The Animal Guardian Network in Cave Creek is caring for the 10-year-old draft cross gelding.

“He is very ill and needs the support of animal lovers in our community so he not only can survive but live the peaceful life he deserves,” said Carrie Singer, Animal Guard Network founder and executive director.

Singer has arranged a fundraiser planned on March 4 at the Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse at 6823 E, Cave Creek Rd. in Cave Creek. The cost is $30 and includes an all-you-can-eat barbecue and non-alcoholic beverages, as well as a silent auction and other fun activities.

The fundraiser will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The Tempe Police Mounted Unit was formed in 1974, originally tasked to patrol the 128-acre Kiwanis Park.

As Tempe grew, the mounted patrols focused more in the Downtown/Mill Avenue area.

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