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Sacramento County sheriff honors horse who had a life with ‘resilience and compassion’

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office is remembering a horse who died after a long career serving the community, heralding the equine’s life as one of “resilience and compassion.”

The cause and date of death for Sam was not disclosed. A member of the Sheriff’s Office Mounted Unit, Sam went to parades, memorials, school functions and participated in funerals.

Sam and Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy Lt. Christie Lynn are pictured in an undated photo.
Sam and Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy Lt. Christie Lynn are pictured in an undated photo.

His owner, Lt. Christie Lynn, had saved Sam in 1994 from a severe leg injury threatening his life, according to the Sheriff’s Office. After healing, Sam became a member of the Mounted Unit and served until retiring in 2009.

“Following his retirement from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Mounted Unit, Sam enjoyed a well-deserved chapter of relaxation, spending cherished moments with his family in his backyard pasture.”