Lou Dillon was awarded an honorary Mounted Unit Police Badge from the LAPD Mounted Unit on Saturday, April 30th, in a ceremony that included the Chief of Police, the officers who helped to rescue him from the streets of Watts as well as members from the LAPD’s Mounted Unit. The LAPD bestowed upon Lou Dillon a plaque as well as the badge that has been mounted to his stall at Hanaeleh.
Lou Dillon had been found running around by the Watts towers in Los Angeles during a torrential rainstorm in February 2019. LAPD Officer Robert Yanez, who took the call to rescue Lou Dillon and stayed with him for several hours while he was waiting for animal control to arrive, was at the ceremony along with Officer Sonia Dibell, another LAPD officer who helped in Lou Dillon’s rescue and placement at Hanaeleh.
Have you heard all the details of Lou Dillon’s rescue? You can read our 3-part story beginning HERE.
The event was hosted by Sharon Smith at Hearts and Hooves Ranch in Norco. Members of the LAPD and their families, as well as volunteers and supporters of Hanaeleh (and especially Lou Dillon!) were there to commemorate this very special occasion.