Pennsylvania Police Horse Recovering; Donations Needed

Duke is the most popular and longest-serving police horse on the Lancaster City, Pa., police force. While he is expected to make a full recovery from colic surgery performed at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, the mounted police unit needs help paying those bills.

"This was a big hit to the mounted unit," said Lt. Todd Umstead, Public Information Officer for the Lancaster City Police, of the $8,000 in medical bills still owed. "The officers' salaries are the only things paid for by the city; all the rest is paid for by donations.

St. Umstead said Duke has had his sutures removed and was returned home from the veterinary clinic a little more than a week ago, but he's resting and recovering; it will be a while before he's back on duty.

"Duke has been here the longest (of any of the police horses)," said Lt. Umstead. "A lot of people have been calling and asking about him."

Dontations can be made through:

Lancaster City Police Foundation
P.O. Box 10171
Lancaster, PA 17605-0171

Duke's Julep Fundraiser

After seeing the local coverage Duke received, the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square and Lancaster County Convention Center/Penn Square Grille--with the help of Brown Forman (Woodford Reserve bourbon in Kentucky)--have created a program to help raise funds to pay for Duke's surgery.

On Wednesday Jan. 27, starting at 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square and Lancaster County Convention Center Lobby area, "Duke's Julep" will be unveiled. 

The Mint Julep has a long and rich history with the Kentucky Derby and the equestrian community. These parties involved have developed a special raspberry julep named for Duke, and half of the proceeds of all Juleps sold from the Duke's Julep release cocktail party until the Kentucky Derby will be donated to the Lancaster City Police Foundation to cover Duke's bills.

The night of the kickoff event, Chris Chamberlain, Brand Development Specialist, Capital Wine and Spirits LLC, Central Pa/Founders Division, will guest bartend and donate all tips to the Lancaster City Police Foundation.

For a previous article on Duke see

About the Author

Kimberly S. Brown

Kimberly S. Brown was the Publisher/Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care from June 2008 to March 2010, and she served in various positions at Blood-Horse Publications since 1980.

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