Man Strikes Police Horse – Goes to Jail

October 23rd, 2017|Categories: News, Opinion|Tags: , , |

It happened again this weekend - someone assaulted a police horse. What’s the deal? What possess someone to walk up to a horse, let alone a working police horse, and smack it? This happens regularly and globally so you can’t blame the local drinking water or airborne toxins. Incapacitation is a common factor, nearly every hitting [...]

Meet Pittsburgh’s New Police Horse

October 18th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Guiness.Photo: Pittsburgh Public Safety Department Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was looking for ways to cut their budget in 2003. Terminating the nearly century year old mounted police unit was just one of many difficult decisions made that year. This spring the city announced that they were looking at ways to bring the mounted unit back. The [...]

Baltimore Police LOVE Slurpees

October 6th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Original Slurpee Slurpee, a 17-year-old member of Baltimore’s mounted patrol unit was retired earlier this year after 10 years of service to the city. He was donated by 7-Eleven who raised funds to purchase and train the horse. This week 7-Eleven stepped up again donating Slurpee’s replacement, Slurpee. New Slurpee is a 4-year-old, [...]

Hurricane Harvey Dumps On Houston’s Horses

August 28th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Hurricane Harvey made landfall Friday night near Houston, Texas. The Category 4 storm with winds of 130 mph dumped up to 30” of rain on Houston, the 4th largest U.S. city with 2.3 million people. Downgraded today to a tropical storm, Harvey is headed back into the gulf where it will regain strength and make a [...]

Never Ever Strike a Police Horse – Never! Part II

June 13th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

We’ve written before about citizens punching police horses, their acts of “bravado” quickly met with arrest. Sadly, it happened again last weekend and the perpetrator is now sitting in jail unable to pay the hefty $100,000 bail. Pennsylvania State Capitol building A 23-year-old woman was part of a demonstration that began on the Capitol [...]

Never Ever Punch a Police Horse – Never!

April 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Officer Moonshine Austin, Texas police have arrested a man accused of drunkenly punching one of their patrol horses in the nose. A mounted patrol officer spotted an intoxicated man staggering around a busy intersection on Friday night. Police say when they approached him they could smell a strong odor of alcohol and the man’s [...]

Slaughter Bound Horse Has Fairy Tale Day

January 24th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Jakar was one of those horses that slipped through the cracks through no fault of his own. A few years ago he was sold for slaughter but luck was on his side. Someone purchased him and donated him to the Cleveland Police Department’s mounted unit. On January 20, Jakar was front and center in the President’s [...]

Horse Power in the Motor City

January 12th, 2017|Categories: Features|Tags: |

Detroit, Michigan is known as the “Motor City” a moniker earned by the many automotive companies established there. The first of course was Henry Ford who started selling Model T’s in 1908. These first cars had a top speed of 45 mph fueled by a 20 horse power engine. However, Henry’s Model T wasn’t the first [...]

Its Good to be King – King Tut

November 30th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Mounted Patrols work for some communities while others find the units cost prohibitive and relatively ineffective. For decades, horses have patrolled the crowds at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, New York. Phil Collins performed there in 1994 under the unit’s watchful eye. Sadly, as Phil’s lyrics go – the mounted patrol “…won’t be there no more, [...]