Orlando Police Department
Public Information Office
Date of Release: 01-19-07
Time of Release: 9:00 a.m..
Date: January 19, 2007
Time: 11:30 a.m.
Event: OPD Mounted Patrol-Horse Retirement Ceremony
Location: Orlando Police Mounted Patrol Stable
Rio Grande and Church St. (Across from Citrus Bowl)
Orlando Police Department will be retiring two veteran police mounts today.
Associate or "Sammy" is a 13-year-old Thoroughbred and 9-year veteran of the
barn. "Miracle" is a 17-year-old Thoroughbred and 10-year veteran of the barn.
Both horses have medical conditions that necessitate retirement. They have
bravely served the Orlando Police Department and Citizens of Orlando through
thick and thin and have earned their retirements.
OPD will have a short informal ceremony today, where both horses will be given
carrot cake, apples and assorted treats before heading off to their new homes.
At the same time, we will add to the police force and introduce two Percheron/Thoroughbred
mixed horses we just purchased and brought back from the Louisiana State
Penitentiary, named "Peanut" and "Mikey." They are settling in, and are open for
If anyone is interested in sponsoring either new horse, they can contact
Sergeant Michelle Pearson/Mounted Patrol Supervisor at (407) 246-2610