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5th horse joins Madison's mounted patrol unit

MADISON, Wis. - The Madison Police Department will be introducing a new member of its mounted patrol unit Friday, according to a release.

Cooper, a 4-year-old Percheron Gelding, will be making his first appearance Friday morning, officials said. Cooper weighs in at 1,700 pounds and measures 5 feet, 11 inches at his shoulder.

Cooper will be MPD's fifth horse and will help with neighborhood patrols, demonstrations, crowd management and search and rescue, according to the release.

Cooper was largely funded through a donation from the John Sheehan family, officials said. Sheehan is an executive with UW Health.

Cooper's coming out celebration was held at UW Health at the American Center at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

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