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Police horse becomes Little Havana sensation

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 01:15

Tourists and residents are delighted by Panchito the police horse who patrols Miami's Little Havana neighborhood. Tara Cleary reports.

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Miami police officer Eduardo Perez fighting crime in the Cuban neighborhood of Little Havana. But Perez doesn't work alone - his partner is a horse named Panchito and the duo is fast becoming a firm favorite with business owners like Roberto Ramos. SOUNDBITE: Roberto Ramos, business owner in Little Havana, saying (Spanish): "When the officer is so high, he can see everything. He gets a two hundred meter panoramic view. They are always checking around and people feel comfort in seeing officer Perez with Panchito the horse here in Little Havana. They're already like part of the family." The two have been working together for four and a half years and Perez says Panchito is the best partner he's ever had. SOUNDBITE: Officer Eduardo Perez, saying (Spanish): "Panchito is my best friend. I couldn't do my job without Panchito. Panchito knows what he has to do, how to do it, when to do it. It's something that comes natural for us." Perez and Panchito have even become something of a tourist attraction in the area. They're part of Miami's only mounted police unit which includes 12 horses, nine officers and a sergeant. And after a long day of law enforcement duties, Panchito can look forward to some refreshing hydro therapy.

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Police horse becomes Little Havana sensation

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 01:15