A woman was arrested Friday after slapping a police horse outside of a Donald Trump rally in Kansas City, Missouri.
According to Fox8, 29-year-old April J. Foster was one of the protesters outside of the Midland Theatre that began crossing into the street, despite being instructed by police to stay on the sidewalk.
When police began to move their mounted unit into position, Foster approached Dan the police horse and his mounted officer. Though Foster screamed in Dan’s face in an attempt to frighten him, Dan was undeterred.
Apparently not getting her point across to the horse, Foster struck Dan in the face before fleeing into the crowd and avoiding police apprehension.
Eventually, Foster was captured after a tip from an anonymous source. She was released on a $500 bond and will appear in court on May 4th for abuse of a police service animal.
PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch released the following statement on the incident:
“All animals feel pain, stress and fear just like we do, and they deserve our respect and protection. Horses are highly sensitive prey animals, and this poor horse was without a doubt already under a tremendous amount of stress as a result of the chaos, the crowds, the deafening noise of the angry protesters, and more. PETA commends the person who called the tip line so that this woman’s apparent cruelty to this horse does not go unpunished.”
Foster was one of five arrested in relation to the Trump rally, though the event was considered mostly free of large-scale violence- despite a few instances where pepper spray was used to quell occasional aggressive crowd surges.
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