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Man punches police horse in N.Y.

They don't take kindly to horse punchers in the summer thoroughbred racing mecca of Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Authorities say 37-year-old Jamison Johnson of Cohoes, near Albany, has been sentenced to 30 days in jail for punching a police horse after being ejected from a downtown Saratoga bar.

Police say Johnson was tossed out of the bar around 3 a.m. Aug. 15 and began yelling and swearing at the bar's staff and nearby officers.

Police say he then walked up to a police horse and rider on crowd-control duty and punched the animal in the face. The horse wasn't hurt. 

Police say Johnson was arrested after a brief struggle with officers. City court officials say Johnson pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempted injury to a police animal and resisting arrest.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 25, 2010; 10:12 AM ET
Categories:  Animal Stories , Around the Nation  
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In his defense, Johnson stated he thought he was punching his wife.

Posted by: MarilynManson | August 25, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

too bad the house didn't step on the perp.

Posted by: 10bestfan | August 25, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I thought the charge would be assualting an officer? As amusing as it may sound, that would be the proper charge no?

Posted by: DMVinsider | August 25, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

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