The Detroit Police Department’s mounted unit is one of the oldest in the country, and it will be around for at least the next three years thanks to a funding commitment that was announced Tuesday.
Police Chief James Craig said Detroit-based global IT staffing company, Strategic Staffing Solutions, will continue to sponsor the police horses.
The unit has a long history of police work that dates back to 1893. The unit was at its peak in the 1970s when it was five barns, 80 officers, and more than 60 horses.
It took a downfall in 2005 when Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick shut down the patrol due to budget cuts. It wasn’t until 2009 that the unit reopened as a privately supported organization through the safety foundation.
• The Detroit News, also reporting on the sponsorship renewal adds:
In March, the mounted unit announced on social media it was adding another horse, for a total of six horses and six officers and two sergeants. According to its Facebook page, horses are donated or on contractual loan.
At its peak in the 1970s, the unit had five barns, 80 officers and more than 60 horses.
The unit is stationed in Palmer Park and has taken over the former Parks and Recreation facility.
On July 24, 1951, the city of Detroit celebrated its 250th anniversary. To honor the occasion, a number of special events were held. This photo, shot by Howard McGraw of the Detroit News, depicts the Detroit police on horseback with the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) standing in front, likely part of a parade. Both groups stand in front of the old Statler hotel (since demolished) located on Washington Blvd, near Grand Circus Park in downtown Detroit. Photo Credit: Shorpy.com.
I love how they make it sound like it’s the horses’ idea! What they should say is that people are beginning their annual return of horses to Mackinac Island. And no, we are not against everything, just most things. —Editor.
A Baltimore district judge acquitted six arabbers Friday of the most serious charges stemming from an inspection at a Hollins Market horse stable last year.
Judge Nicole Pastore-Klein made the ruling on abuse and neglect charges against the men, but five of them still face other charges after the state concluded its case Friday. The trial is expected to continue next month with defense witness testimony.
Deon Dorsey, 35, a stable hand, was acquitted of 41 offenses. Horse owners Donte Miller, Ernest Ford, Malik Muhammed, Leon Hardy and William Murray Jr., who is the stable’s owner, face charges relating to the condition of the stalls.
Dorsey’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Jeffrey Gilleran, said Friday that the remaining charges against the other defendants are “onerous city codes that need to be changed. There are much less draconian ways this could have been addressed.”
He said the defendants “provide a vital service” to the community. “They bring fruits and vegetables in food deserts. The city should be working with them not prosecuting them.”
Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana S. Wen said previously that the city respects the arabbing tradition. “Our mission is to protect the health and safety of our animal residents, just like our human residents,” she said.
An inspection by animal control and health officials on Jan. 13, 2015, resulted in the city seizing 14 horses after finding a strong ammonia smell, feces and a lack of bedding in some of the stalls, according to testimony. The animals were taken to Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Woodbine.
Pastore-Klein cited testimony from veterinarian Richard J. Forfa as crucial to her decision to drop the abuse and neglect charges.
Forfa has testified that he would not have seized the animals from the stable and did not see the horses in need of immediate veterinary care. He also said the horses were in overall good health, Pastore-Klein said, recalling the earlier testimony.
The horse news making the rounds the most since last week is still about those 1,700 American Mustangs (there are certainly a lot more than that) sold for slaughter via then U.S. Interior Secretary Salazar and his friend and/or employee, past and/or present, Tom Davis.
If you follow horse issues at all you have seen it, whether it was back when it happened, or its recent re-appearance.
When I think of working horses, it’s not on farms. But it still goes on. —Ed.
• Draft horses continue to have important roles in agriculture iowafarmertoday.com
“In a changing world of new farming machinery and updated technology, some people still prefer literal horsepower. Prior to the technological boom in recent decades, horses were used for nearly every aspect of fieldwork and transportation. Few draft horses remain in the United States, but their numbers are steadily increasing, according to breeders in Iowa.”
Of course it’s the horses who are the victims. Here is an example how casinos at racetracks are killing off horse racing. —Ed.
• Horse racing falls victim to casinos, video gambling, politicians
“Sondra Brown had a way of life. Her way of life was with the horses at Balmoral Park. There was no speech, just a notice pinned to the gates and the barns telling them that Balmoral Park is closing at year’s end, and all people and horses are to be gone.”
Lastly, we share with you a post from Patrick Battuello.
• A Tale of Two Sports
“Last night at a football game in Dallas, Seattle Seahawk Ricardo Lockette was injured after colliding with another player on a punt return. As he lay motionless on the turf, a deafening hush fell over the stadium, with players from both sides (as well as the fans) locked in on Lockette, thoughts of paralyzed footballers past inescapably floating in their heads. Turns out, he should be fine. Which, of course, is good news.
“Now, contrast this with what transpired at another sporting venue, Los Alamitos Race Course, just a couple hours later. There, three separate “athletes” – Under the Moon, Abu Dhabi Do, From Here to There – had to be removed from the track via ambulance. It’s a good bet that as you read, at least one is dead. And no one cares.”