Feb 4, 2010 7:32 PM by Elaine Sheridan
Colorado Springs is not the only city that is making tough budget decisions. San Diego is selling off their mounted patrol unit. This week the highly trained police horses and all their tack were put in an online auction to help raise money for the cash-strapped city.
Selling the horses is expected to save the city about $243,000 annually in upkeep, San Diego police Assistant Chief Bob Kanaski told The San Diego Union-Tribune.
About a third of the department's dogs are also being laid off as a result of mid-year budget cuts. But unlike the horses, police dogs cannot be sold to the public because of their specialized training. Seven dogs recently went home with their handlers, three went to other law enforcement agencies and two were sent back to their vendors.
The horses and their supplies are for sale online through February 11th. Click here to join the auction.