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Cash-strapped San Diego set to sell police horses and tack

January 30, 2010 |  8:12 am


The police horses that have patrolled San Diego's Balboa Park are being sold at an online auction.

The Police Department has ended its horse unit, which was organized in 1983, as a money-saving measure. The officers have been transferred to other duties, and their mounts and the tack are being sold.

The auction is set for Feb. 1 through Feb 10 on the website Publicsurplus.com.

The horses -- Wam, Trigger, Major, Junior, Bret, Bandit and Austin -- have long been public favorites, but the city is cash-strapped.

No riding or handling is allowed, but potential bidders can see the horses Feb. 4, 9 a.m. to noon, at the police stables. Check the website.

A third of the city's police dogs are also being laid off.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Bret, one of the police horses put up for auction. Credit: San Diego Police Department