Bring Teego Home
Bring Teego Home
Teego was adopted from a rescue site at 3 mos of age, along with his half sister, and another foal. If not for the rescue site, they would have been auctioned off for meat, as the byproduct of the Pregnant Mares Urine industry (which is used by pharmaceutical companies, for hormone replacement drugs). A few months later, we were able to adopt Teego’s mother, reuniting mother and son.
In 2007, seeing that Teego, at the age of four, would benefit from having a job, we reached out to the NYPD about Teego serving the fine people of New York in their Mounted Unit, with the agreement that if he were to become unfit for service, or when he retired, he would come home, again, telling them that it was the ONLY way that I could let him serve. It was agreed repeatedly, and would be a permanent part of his Dept file. I also requested that they keep his name, while on the job, as it holds special meaning to us. They agreed, and after passing his training, Teego joined the NYPD Mounted Unit. We kept in touch with the Dept, his partner, and his progress through the years; including visiting him on the job. His partner, and we were very proud of the good work that he was doing, and we were thrilled that he was serving the brave men and women in blue, and living such a purposeful life.
The NYPD eventually switched Teego's partner and despite repeatedly trying to keep an open line of communication with his new partner, we were never able to. With our trust in the NYPD, and our realization that not everyone wants to be communicative, we tried not to be overly concerned, knowing that we had our retirement/ unfit for service agreement with the Dept. That all changed after reaching back out in March to try to arrange a visit, and being told that Teego has been retired in June, of last year, to one of their retirement barns. We asked them repeatedly to correct this error, and allow us to bring Teego back home, where his Mother, Sister, and friend are still.
We have the utmost respect for the NYPD, and all men and women, as well as the canine, and equine that serve, in whatever capacity. We simply want the NYPD to do the right thing, and honor their agreement to return Teego, now that his time to serve the NYPD is over. His family is anxiously awaiting to be reunited with him.