Philadelphia Police Horses–Endangered Species?


Philadelphia Mayor John Street may disband the city’s elite Police Mounted Unit and sell the horses, sas the Philadelphia Inquirer. The unit has been tinged by scandal in recent years after a former commander allegedly sold two horses for slaughter and other officers were indicted for fraud.

“The idea of a mounted police unit sounds romantic perhaps, but it’s a throwback to over a century ago, and frankly, it’s not practical in today’s urban environment,” said Bill Hawkins of the Mayor’s Animal Advisory Committee.


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