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Detroit — The police department has added a new horse to its mounted unit — but officers are still looking for one more, according to officials.

The 10-year-old Percheron named Andre is being leased to the Detroit Police’s squad by East Tawas resident Sharon Wright, according to a post on the unit’s Facebook page Tuesday.

“(He has) a great disposition,” officials said. “He was previously used for shows, riding trails and a logger.”

The muscular bay has a long black mane in a photograph posted on the site. But apparently, the hairdo does not comply with police department dress code.

“Enjoy the mane because it will be gone shortly,” officials said.

The department concluded their post by announcing their need for one more horse to join the mounted unit.

Users in the comments section praised the horse’s beauty and expressed joy that the mounted unit was expanding. One individual posted a picture from her father’s recent funeral, thanking a mounted officer and his horse who “stood guard over my Dad last week at the church.”

Some people playfully begged the department to spare the new horse’s mane.

A woman who goes by Sharon Myshock Wright on Facebook identified herself as the horse’s owner.

“Andre will be a wonderful addition to this wonderful group,” she said. “And I agree with the others (commenters), I so wish they could keep his mane.”

HFournier@detroitnews.com

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