BRANDON, Fla. - He patrols Tampa's streets and has taken part in some of the city's biggest events, like the Super Bowl.
But now, a horse, named "Chad," with the Tampa Police Department's horse, needs the community's assistance.
Last month, Chad suffered an accident that could have killed him.
It appears Chad kicked himself in the back of his front leg during a training routine, severing a tendon and the cut got infected.
Chad needed surgery, and it wasn't immediately clear he would make it.
Today, Chad is getting physical therapy. But his recovery is expected to cost more than $10,000.
That's more than half the entire budget for the Mounted Patrol Unit.
"He's got several good years left to go," says officer Will Wagner, whose been riding Chad since Wagner joined the force in 2008. "You know, just wanting to make sure he gets the best care that he can to help ensure that," says Wagner.
So far, the mounted patrol unit has collected $800, including one check for $400 that arrived Monday afternoon.
Donations can be made directly to Surgicare and they can take checks or you can call with a credit card.
Surgicare, 605 e. Bloomingdale ave., Brandon, fl 33511.
Or call them: 813-643-7177.