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Cops: Man Arrested For Punching Police Horse

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Booking photo of Pedro Arzola.  (credit: Volusia County Sheriff's Office)

Booking photo of Pedro Arzola. (credit: Volusia County Sheriff’s Office)

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ORLANDO, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – A man was arrested over the weekend for punching a police horse.

Volusia County authorities were directing traffic early Sunday morning when they asked a large group to clear Orange Avenue.

“One subject who was refusing to get out of the street was upset the horse was near him and decided to punch the horse,” Sgt. Jim Young told WESH-TV.

That subject was later identified as 23-year-old Pedro Arzola.

Police say Arzola was talking on his cell phone and ignored the officer’s directions.

Arzola was charged with attempting to injure a police horse.

“We just hope people respect the animals. Obviously, the officer on top is giving commands – trying to get people to do what we need them to do to ensure public order,” Young added to the station.

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