This Tampa Tribune article has the potential to be a comedy skit.
TAMPA – Police arrested a Lakeland man early this morning on charges that he punched a police horse in the rear end.
It should be no surprise the incident occurred about 3:15 a.m. in Ybor City.
The Tampa Police Department report said the officer and horse were clearing the street and sidewalks in the 19th Street area of Seventh Avenue.
Carl Coward, 24, of 111 Hodges Road, Lakeland, balled his fist and punched the horse in the right rear hip area, the report states.
Coward was charged with battery of a law enforcement animal and is being held at the Orient Road Jail on $500 bond, jail records show.
The report does not indicate whether the horse suffered any serious injury.
Maybe the horse was unavailable for comment.
A human punch is unlikely to inflict harm to a horse, notwithstanding the famous scene from the movie Cat Ballou. Coward is lucky not to have gotten a kick in return from the horse. A few years ago there was the story of a man filming his friend as he tried to have nookie with a horse. The horse kicked and or stomped the friend to death.
Not the article says it should come as no surprise this happened in Ybor City. Is Ybor City Florida the horse punching capitol of Florida or the world? As I so often say, you just got to love the Sunshine State.