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Hero Down: Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Police Horse Bella Dies

West Palm Beach, FL – Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBCSO) Police Horse Bella died on April 8, according to her department.

The PBCSO said in a press release on April 12 that Police Horse Bella “passed away peacefully” while surrounded by her handler, PBCSO Deputy Sheriff Audrey Miranda, and the rest of the department’s Mounted Unit team.

Her exact cause of death was not immediately released.

The beloved police horse had served her community “with honor and distinction” since 2016, the sheriff’s office said.

“We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved PBSO Horse Bella,” the PBCSO said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Miranda and the entire team during this difficult time. Bella, you will always be in our hearts.”

More than 150 people offered their condolences to the sheriff’s office and Deputy Miranda in response to the agency’s press release.

“Condolences to Miranda and everyone connected with Bella,” one message read. “Thanks to all of the Deputies who care for animal partners. Bella, rest in peace.”

“Bella, Thank you for your service. I loved visiting you,” another person wrote. “Prayers to Deputy Miranda. So sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful girl. Always in our hearts.”

Many people recalled how much they enjoyed meeting Police Horse Bella in person over the years.

“RIP Bella… I loved seeing your majestic head appear over your stall door when I would walk by,” one such message read. “Hugs to everyone at the barn and especially to Audrey.”

“RIP Bella I will miss giving you carrots and apples when I visit,” another person wrote.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Miranda in the loss of Police Horse Bella.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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