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Hartford police Department announced on Friday they will sell their police horses due to budget issues. (WFSB) Hartford police Department announced on Friday they will sell their police horses due to budget issues. (WFSB)
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Hartford police announced Friday they will sell their police horses due to budget issues.

The horse trailers and all their equipment were sold for little money.

The police department would sometimes use the animals for crowd control, but also to bring smiles.

"If you go to any park or public event, kids come to the horses. It's fantastic," deputy chief Brian Foley said.

Unfortunately horses and their upkeep can be expensive. The city now wants to sell them because of the high costs.

"It's not just the budget-we don't have enough officer to put on them," Foley said.

Eyewitness News learned the horses were being sold on an online action. 

Two months ago the Rockland County Sheriff's Department in New York made a $500 bid for the horses, their trailers and their equipment.

But recently Rockland County's police chief said the sale was put on hold because it was such a low bid Hartford said they are rethinking the sale for such a low price.

They were the only bidders according to the chief.

Pat Kelly is the head of Ebony Horsewomen, a non-profit that teaches inner-city children how to care for horses.

Her stable is right next to city's police horses.

She was stunned when she heard about such a low bid and said the horses are worth a lot more than what they would be sold for.

"These are not only trained horses but have good blood lines. So they're not cheap. Maybe not your $75,000 jumping horse but maybe five, six or $7,000 a piece," said Kelly.

There may not be a big demand for these horses because police departments are cutting back due to costs.

City councilors said they knew nothing about the sale, but now that they do, they want higher bids. 

The mayor's office has not yet responded to Channel Three's request for comment.

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