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“Karate-like battle cry” before alleged kick to police horse

Olin enjoys a little quiet time while on duty in Portland, Oregon. Photo: Portland Police

Olin enjoys a little quiet time while on duty in Portland, Oregon. Photo: Portland Police

A man alleged to have delivered a jumping double-kick to a police horse in Oregon has been charged with interfering with a law enforcement animal.

Police in Portland said the incident happened around 11.20am on Wednesday, when mounted officers were patrolling the Old Town area near NW 6th Avenue and NW Hoyt Street, near the Greyhound bus terminal.

Sergeant Pete Simpson said the officers had stopped to speak with a group of individuals.

While speaking with the group, it is alleged that 29-year-old Joseph Cruz ran up behind a police horse named Olin, where he is said to have issued a “karate-like battle cry” and delivered a jumping, double-kick to Olin’s right thigh.

Simpson said Olin, who outweighed Cruz by about 1000 pounds, was unfazed by the attack.

Police were thankful no-one was injured in the incident, Simpson said.

Horsetalk.co.nz

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