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2 Abused Horses Chosen To Join LA County Sheriff’s Department

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The horses Dude and Ladybug will become deputized members of the sheriff department's Mounted Enforcement Detail, where they will be patrolling parks and working crowd control. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department)

The horses Dude and Ladybug will become deputized members of the sheriff department’s Mounted Enforcement Detail, where they will be patrolling parks and working crowd control. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pair of abused, starving horses are so well trained that they are going to rehab and school to be part of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department mounted patrol unit.

Sgt. John Hargraves says his horse is old and has to retire, so he started looking for a replacement. He checked out abused horses recently seized by animal control officers and found two.

At equine shelters in Lancaster and Castaic, he chose a thoroughbred mare and former race horse found starving on a ranch and a Palomino who had been abandoned and gotten stuck under a fence.

He says both responded to cues and were eager to please.

Hargraves says you don’t have to have an expensive horse to have a good horse.

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