January 20, 2020
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Brunswick police officer corrals runaway horse

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A Brunswick police officer was able to wrangle a horse on the loose Wednesday morning on Pennellville Road and get the runaway steed back to his owners.

Brunswick Deputy Police Chief Marc Hagan said a passer-by reported the horse wandering at 5:50 a.m. Wednesday on Pennellville Road. Officer Charles Tompson found the horse and was able to walk it down the street for 20 or 30 minutes before someone came along familiar with the horse.

The horse eventually was returned to its home on Simpsons Point Road, but not before posing for a “selfie” with Tompson, which is now posted on the Police Department’s Facebook page.

“The Horse Whisperer,” the post calls Tompson, who is new to the department.

“This morning, Officer Tompson had the opportunity to expand his experience in the field of animal control,” states the post.

According to the Facebook accounting of the incident, Tompson “was able to successfully build a rapport with the beautiful animal. Through his communication and navigation skills, the horse was safely escorted back to its home.

“As a reward, the horse was willing to pose for a selfie. We are very proud of his efforts above and beyond what we consider traditional law enforcement techniques,” the post states.


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