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Three thoroughbred racehorses from Penn National could soon become the newest members of Allegheny County Police’s mounted unit.
After the retirement last year of two horses — King and Dickerson — the unit was down to eight. Now, with the donation of the three horses, the force is set to have 11.
All three horses — Uptown Boy, Andy Boys Rabe and Five Four Three Twone — were racehorses ridden by jockeys at Penn National Race Course in Grantville, Dauphin County.
The horses, which range in age from 4 to 8, stayed at Bright Futures Farm, a Crawford County nonprofit, for about three weeks before they were sent to the county, said Bev Dee, executive director of Bright Futures.
The county’s police horses, used mostly for crowd control and school visits, normally are donated, but this the first time the donation has come from Bright Futures. It’s also the first time Bright Futures has donated horses to any law enforcement program, but it likely won’t be the last, Dee said.
“I was approached by Xpressbet, out of Washington, Pa., to partner in a program where we place horses in law enforcement,” Dee said. “We’re really excited about it.”
The Allegheny County donation is the first to come out of that partnership, Dee said.
“(The program) pulls more horses off the track and into homes, which is exactly what our purpose is,” Dee said.
Xpressbet plans to donate all expenses related to the care of the horses, including vet services, medical records, pre-adoption boarding costs and the cost of their transportation, according to…
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