For the last 12 years, Vegas was a common sight at Badger football games and other large public events on campus. He worked with his rider, assistant chief Kari Sasso, to help keep crowds safe and secure. But in 2015, the police horse was diagnosed with an incurable disease that affected his ability to use his hind legs, causing a lot of pain and suffering. Led by an honor guard, Sasso gave Vegas an emotional escort at UW Veterinary Care in January before he was euthanized.
Published in the Spring 2017 issue