While Seattle's mounted patrol is safe for the time being, Hopkins says that after the three-year donations dry up, the future of the equestrian unit will be open to debate. Because other city services overshadow the mounted patrol, the unit is always in danger of cuts.
"It's not a huge ticket item on the budget," she said.
Hopkins hopes that propping up the mounted patrol in the current budget crunch will actually save the city money in the long term. She pointed to Philadelphia, which disbanded its mounted patrol unit in 2004, but announced it would reinstate the unit if it can raise $2 million.
"We can't express enough thanks to Peter Rose for continuing the unit," said Ballingham. "We might name our next horse after him."
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