Pennsylvania Police Horse Recovering from Colic Surgery

Duke, a gray Percheron/Thoroughbred cross police horse in the Lancaster, Pa., mounted unit, was rushed to the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center on Dec. 16 for emergency colic surgery, according to an article on Duke is expected to make a full recovery and return to duty in about three months.

Duke was found to have an impaction due to ingesting stone dust from the crushed stone flooring in the stalls, according to the article.

Duke's surgical and recovery costs will be nearly $10,000. The Lancaster mounted police unit has a foundation to which contributions can be made. Contact the Lancaster City Police Foundation, Box 10171, Lancaster, PA 17605 or online at

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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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