June 15, 2009
Kenny and Chip, two equine members of the San Francisco Police Department, will be retiring in a ceremony to be held on Tuesday, June 16, at the Mounted Unit Stables in Golden Gate Park across from Spreckles Lake, at 9:00 A.M.
Kenny, a 20-year-old Appaloosa, served the SFPD for 12 years and performed with distinction in all capacities: crowd control, parades, festivals, funerals, and school details, in addition to regular patrol. He was featured in the BBC program, Extraordinary Animals, which was broadcast nationally in England last year. A London-based film crew spent three days filming at the Stables.
Chip served the department for 10 years. A 15-year-old quarter horse, Chip was used mainly for patrol. Increasing lameness prompted the retirement of this dependable and hardworking horse.
Both horses will move on to greener pastures in the form of a spacious and bucolic horse retirement ranch in Sonoma, to which all SFPD horses retire. The ranch facility is provided through the great and ongoing generosity of a benefactor.
In addition to the Kenny and Chip's retirement, there will be a second ceremony announcing the arrival for duty of three new horses. Shorty, a 10-year-old quarter horse, was purchased from Willow Tree Stables in Novato. Known for his calm demeanor, Shorty has already served at funerals, parades, school details, and daily patrol. Bubba, was purchased from his owner in Oakdale, California. He is six years old, and shows a similar calm nature, a major asset in police horses. The last horse to be inducted is Gunny, who hails from the San Jose Police Department. Gunny is a 12-year-old Tennessee Walker, and is a seasoned police horse in all manner of police horse duties.
For more information, please contact the Public Affairs Office, 553-1651.
850 Bryant Street, Room 549, San Francisco, CA. 94103