Meet Deputy Sammy and Deputy Gunner.
Two rescue mini horses have just been named the newest members of the Pitt County Sheriff's Office in North Carolina. Deputy Sammy and Deputy Gunner have come a long way in their training with Rocking Horse Ranch in Greenville to become certified therapy horses and will take that training to the next level.
Now, the two mini ponies will serve important roles in the department's new Building Bridges Program by helping comfort victims of trauma and violence.
The horses were sworn in last week to a court filled with people ready for a photo op.
Sammy and Gunner came prepared in their new uniforms and will take their new job titles very seriously.
The mini horses live at Rocking Horse Ranch and are part of the Minis on the Move therapy program. They visit schools, hospitals, and senior homes to help with emotional healing. When Lieutenant Kip Gaskins and Carla Hart, a volunteer coordinator from the Pitt County Sheriff's Office, saw Gunner and Kip at a nursing home, they realized the horses could be helping people in traumatic cases that the sheriff's department sees.
"I want those who have been through a traumatic event to recover and I hope this can be part of that recovery," Gaskins told The Dodo.
"We as law enforcement are much more than taking reports and putting criminals in jail. Although that is much of the job, there is more to the job than that: being there to help after the crime has occurred and doing everything we can to assist in the recovery process; to be more than just a person in a uniform."
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The horses themselves were rescued from a farm that couldn't take care of "a whole bunch of mini horses." Rocking Horse Ranch rescued the two minis and two mini donkeys.
Named Gunner and Sammy, the two minis who were rescued from a sad and traumatic situation themselves, now comfort people going through hard times.
They are going to be busier than ever as they work with their local police department in the new Building Bridges program as well as continue their therapy work with Minis on the Move.
Follow the Pitt County Sheriff Department on Facebook for more updates on the new deputies and there are always Gunner and Sammy sightings on the Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program page.
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