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(Wed., February 17, 2010) --- Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today that the City & County of Honolulu, in collaboration with the Honolulu Police Department, has found a home for the seven horses that had been part of  the HPD’s Mounted Patrol Unit. 

“We’ve been working very hard over the past several months to come up with a creative solution that will provide a suitable and healthy environment for the horses,” said Hannemann. “We are especially glad that the horses will be able to remain together and enjoy a well-deserved retirement after serving the department and the community so well for many years.”

The horses will call a ranch on the island of Hawaii their new homes.  The arrangement is being offered as a gift to the City & County of Honolulu which must be accepted by the Honolulu City Council.

The horses will be transported to the Keawewai Ranch, where ranch owner Chandi Duke Heffner has agreed to provide them with humane treatment, respect and care. Representatives of the Honolulu Police Department will be invited to visit the horses at the ranch.

“We appreciate that, once again, through a public-private partnership, the taxpayers of the City & County of Honolulu have been well served.  I want to thank Managing Director Kirk Caldwell, Deputy Chief Randy Macadangdang, and members of our Budget and Fiscal Services Department and Corporation Counsel’s Department  for bringing about a successful resolution of this unique situation involving our Police Department’s horses,” Hannemann said.

The horses that’ll be going to the Big Island are named Chief Lee, Cruiser, Scout, Kuhio, Trooper, Justice, and Cinbad.