Florida man accused of slapping police horse on patrol

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Police say a 29-year-old Florida man slapped a police horse on the hindquarters while it was on patrol with an officer.

News outlets report Casey Waldner was walking down a street early Sunday when he was accused of slapping Izzy, a 13-year-old horse that has been with the Orlando Police Department for five years. The slap startled Izzy, who spun around.

A police report says Waldner ran, but was caught by a nearby officer.

The report says officers searched Waldner and found cocaine.

Police spokeswoman Michelle Guido says Izzy didn’t need veterinary care.

Waldner was charged with injuring a police horse, resisting arrest without violence and cocaine possession.

Waldner, who lives in Pace in Florida’s Panhandle, was released on a $1,250 bond. Jail records don’t list an attorney.

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