SAVANNAH, GA (January 28, 2023): Savannah Police Department is mourning the sudden loss of Sgt. Bobby, a 22-year-old horse who died at the Mounted Unit stables overnight.
Sgt. Bobby joined the department in 2004 at the age of 3 and quickly became a standout horse for the unit. Over the last few years, due to his age, he had transitioned into a semi-retired state, mostly living a comfortable life at the stables. Sgt. Bobby is the longest serving horse for SPD.
“We cannot even begin to describe what a truly great horse he was and how much he will be missed,” said SCpl. Ann Sosbe, of SPD Mounted Patrol. “He was a local celebrity in the Savannah area and was the backbone of the unit. In the more than 19 years that he served the Savannah Police Department, he met thousands of Savannah residents and tourists.”
Sgt. Bobby was frequently used in SPD events and was the horse that played the part of the riderless horse at funerals and the annual Police Memorial Service.
Age is believed to have played a factor in his death. A service to honor his life and service has not been scheduled.
“The horses and K-9 members that serve this department play a vital role in our day-to-day operations and assist in keeping us safe as we work,” Chief Lenny Gunther said. “Whether he had four legs or two, he was very much a member of this department and deservingly earned the honorary title of sergeant. We mourn his loss and remember him with honor and respect.”