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MPD Mounted Unit officially announces newest member

Published On: Jul 20 2014 11:46:34 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 20 2014 12:00:00 PM CDT

Photo courtesy city of Madison

(L-R) Torres, Bubba, Scarlett, Luna and their human partners


The newest member of the Madison Police Department’s Mounted Unit will be announced Monday at a Community Corral, according to a release.

Torres is an 8-year-old Friesian Gelding that has spent the last two months in field training with the unit, and has now earned the right to start his solo career, officials said. Torres joins the unit thanks to a private donor working in conjunction with MPD’s nonprofit organization.

In March, Jack, a veteran horse member of the unit, passed away following a short illness, according to the release. But Torres has filled the void and is ready to carry on in Jack’s footsteps.

Torres will be introduced to the public at the Community Corral from 5-7 p.m. at Vilas Park. The unit’s team members will also be available to share information and answer questions about the horses and the responsibilities of being a mounted police officer.

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