Hartford’s police horses were put up for sale last week because of budget cuts, but the sale is on hold right now.
The horses are being sold because of budget cuts, but the offer to buy was so low that the sale is on hold, and the city is looking for higher bids.
The horses are specially trained, and they have sentimental value as well, as they are named after fallen officers.
"It’s understandable, the city is facing tough times but we need to take charge of this,” said Sheila Fenton, who said she was sad to hear that Hartford is getting rid of its mounted horses.
One of the horses was named after her father-in-law, Francis Fenton. He was a Hartford police officer who was shot while trying to break up a fight while he was off duty.
That horse has since retired, but the two left, Toohey and Daley, are also named after fallen officers – John Daley and Thomas Toohey.
The city can’t afford to keep the horses anymore, so it is selling them, but they only got one bid for $500, from a police department in Rockland County New York.
The deal was then put on hold.
The officer who used to work with the horses said they are each worth thousands.
"We will make more phone calls. In light of the press attention some people have offered to buy them but we can't negotiate. We will put out an RFP, which is the right process,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin.
The problem might be there isn’t much demand for the horses. Some are also questioning if the mayor has the authority to sell the horses without council approval, and want to know if the city got appraisals, not just for the horses but for the trailers and equipment.
There will be a meeting at city hall on Dec. 21 which will address the issue.
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