PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some Newark, NJ police horses, being laid off from their jobs in North Jersey, are expected to continue their careers as the Philadelphia Police Department revives its mounted patrol unit.
The Standardbred Retirement Foundation in Mercer County, NJ usually finds new homes for racehorses that are injured or too slow. But word that Newark was eliminating its mounted patrol unit came at the same time that Philadelphia was reviving its unit, disbanded in 2004.READ MORE: 21-Year-Old Killed In Road Rage Shooting On Roosevelt Boulevard, Police Say
Enter the Foundation’s adoption coordinator, Jen Nagle, who is helping to place four of Newark’s horses in Philadelphia.
“Generally, we don’t have police horses,” Nagle told KYW Newsradio on Tuesday. “And so it worked out that way that we have horses that have already been around streets and buses and loud crowds.”READ MORE: 2 Found Dead Outside Home In Tacony Neighborhood, Philadelphia Police Said
Philadelphia police Lieutenant Ray Evers says the horses will arrive here in the next few days to be stabled and trained.
“Newark’s loss is definitely our gain here. They’ll have great homes in Philadelphia,” Lt. Evers said.
Evers says depending on how fundraising goes, the Philly police department expects to launch at least a limited version of its new mounted unit by early fall.MORE NEWS: New Area Code Approved For Some Pennsylvania Counties As Current Phone Numbers Run Out
Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060.