Slapping a Savannah mounted patrol horse lands offender in jail

The Savannah Police Department reports that a bar patron slapped a police horse after being told to leave the establishment Saturday night.

The horse did not respond to the attempted insult, but police officers did. The horse-hitter was arrested, marking the first arrest by new officers on the force.

Police officials say that while assault on a police horse is rare, it does happen. If the assault causes bodily injury to the horse, it is a felony. Otherwise, it is a misdemeanor.

The offense is punishable by a fine or jail time, but police say they have had some offenders work off the fine by scooping manure in the horse stables.

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