Liberty or Lord Stanley? Help pick a name for new Pittsburgh police horse
What's 17 hands high and weighs 1,700 pounds?
It's the City of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police's newest horse, and he needs a name.
Downtown Pittsburgh recently put out a call for suggestions and received more than 750 responses. Out of a field that included Steele, Shalieve, Steve and Horsy McHorseface, the monikers Clemente, Liberty, Lord Stanley and Officer Rogers were chosen as finalists.
The winning name will be announced at Downtown Pittsburgh's annual meeting on March 14.
The person who suggested the winning name will have an opportunity to attend a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with the horse, a 6-year-old Percheron/Tennessee Walking Horse cross that recently arrived at the mounted patrol's South Park stables from Glenfield, N.Y.
According to the Downtown Pittsburgh website, the organization was asked by the police bureau to suggest the name “due to the generosity of the Downtown business community in helping to re-establish the police department's mounted unit.”
And in case you're wondering, “17 hands” means the new equine officer measures 68 inches tall at the shoulder blades.
Shirley McMarlin is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5750, email@example.com or via Twitter @shirley_trib.