Happy retirement to bar-patrolling Minneapolis police horse - KMSP-TV

Happy retirement to bar-patrolling Minneapolis police horse

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Wrangler with Mounted Patrol officer Lora Hanks (Minneapolis Police Dept. photo) Wrangler with Mounted Patrol officer Lora Hanks (Minneapolis Police Dept. photo)
MINNEAPOLIS (KMSP) -

Wrangler, a Minneapolis police horse, retired Thursday after serving 11 years with the department. Much of Wrangler's tenure was spent patrolling the downtown bar scene.

The horse's other duties included working as a training mount through six Mounted Patrol academies where he was a patient companion to many a Mounted Patrol "greenhorn".

In 2008 Wrangler was part of a contingent of Minneapolis Police Mounted Patrol horses and riders who traveled to Mobile Alabama for extensive crowd control training. As a part of the training Wrangler also participated in that city's annual Mardi Gras celebration. Later that year Wrangler was widely used at the RNC in St. Paul.

Now 17 years old, Wrangler has been retired from duty and returned to his donor, Ms. Bunny Markfort, where he can enjoy plenty of green grass, pleasant trail rides and a serene environment.

The Minneapolis Police Mounted Patrol Unit is currently seeking horses that members of the public are willing to donate for public service. Anyone interested in discussing donating a mount to the MPD should contact Sergeant Chris Lokke at 612-290-3924 or christopher.lokke@minneapolismn.gov. Qualifications for patrol horses are geldings 3-10 years old and 15.2 hands tall.

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