Pair of Decorated Police Horses Head Out To Pasture -- Equine Who Killed Man at 49ers Game Still Working, Incidentally
Kenny, 20, and Chip, 15, just showed up for work day-in and day-out; other than defecating on the right-of-way, they never did San Franciscans any harm. Kenny was even the star of a BBC program entitled Extraordinary Animals.
San Francisco police horses spend their golden years at a Sonoma ranch funded by a private benefactor. And it will interesting to see the farewell eventually given to Kenny and Chip's erstwhile colleague, Seattle. That horse was spooked by a plastic bag while working crowd control at a 2008 49ers game, and ran wild through the throngs before killing 78-year-old Eugene Caldwell. SFPD spokeswoman Sergeant Lyn Tomioka said Seattle hasn't headed to Sonoma just yet; the 11-year-old is still living in the Golden Gate Park stables.
A trio of new police horses will fill the horseshoes vacated by Kenny and Chip -- Shorty, 10, who has already worked funerals and parades, Bubba, 6, and Gunny, 12, obtained from the San Jose Police Department.
Tomioka said that a typical San Francisco Police Department horse costs between $4,000 and $7,000 -- which, when you think about it, is a much better investment than a damn Segway.