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Adopt-a-horse program aims to raise awareness, money for LMPD Mounted Patrol

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Adopting a four-legged member of the police department is now possible. 

The Louisville Metro Police Foundation is trying to get the word out about 'adopting' an LMPD horse. 

"It's important that the horses get the support they need. The riders get the support they need," said Louisville Metro Police Foundation Executive Director Barry Denton. 

It's an effort to raise awareness and money for the animals and the department and there are several different levels of adoption. One hundred dollars will get you a picture of the horse and a lapel pin. For $1,000, you will receive framed pictures of all the horses, a pin and a private tour of the stables. 

"They're out there with these officers, I mean they're putting in eight to 10 hours each day. They deserve to have good treatment and the best facilities," said Denton. 

The horses are expensive. They need food, training and the stables need to be maintained. 

"Horse can't take care of itself," said LMPD Lt. Dan Assef. "You have to go in twice a day to feed it, water it, give it its medicine. It's a seven day a week, 365 day a year job." 

Assef oversees LMPD's mounted patrol and the K-9 unit. He says the "adoption program" will soon grow to cover both the horses and dogs. 

"Out hope is to extend it to the K-9 unit as well," he said. "To get people out there who would like to adopt one of our K-9 dogs and help us with the maintenance and care of the dog." 

The Louisville Metro Police Foundation says out of the gate, the horse adoptions have been popular. 

"I've already had people that have said, 'I want to get one of each picture, I want each horse,' so were hoping this will generate some funds and awareness," Denton said. 

We're told the money will go into the foundation's general fund, which in turn helps the mounted patrol. For more information on how to adopt a horse or the program, click here

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