CANINE & EQUINE DUTY DEATHS
Roll Call of all known Canine & Equines. A Canine & Equine Duty Death is classified as the death of a dog or horse of the Chicago Police Department who has died or have been killed in the line of duty.
Police Equine Elsie
Police Equine Elsie was a veteran of the Chicago Police Department, assigned to the Mounted Police Division.
On July 27, 1943, Police Horse Elsie and her partner, Patrolman Harold Hansen, were at Union Station, in front of the Canal Street entrance, at their regular post. George N. Dengler had parked his car alongside the curb and went into the station to purchase railroad tickets. His car was not in park and began to roll. As Police Horse Elsie stood facing the Canal Street entrance with Officer Hansen beside her, the driverless car began to roll away from the curb and struck Police Horse Elsie from behind. Police Horse Elsie sustained a compound fracture to her right hind leg. As a result of the injuries, Police Horse Elsie had to be put down. Captain David Flynn delivered the fatal shot and wept as he administered it.
George N. Dengler was arrested and charged with improper parking and damage to city property.
Police Horse Elsie was survived by her handler, Patrolman Harold Hansen.