Washington: A woman has been arrested for allegedly slapping a police horse in the U.S. city of Florida. After spending nearly 12 hours behind bars, Stephanie Six says she still does not understand why she was arrested.
"The horse had me pinned up against the wall," Six was quoted as saying by CNN. "It scared me, so I put my hand up into his face as a reaction."
Six was arrested early on Saturday morning, outside a bar in downtown St. Petersburg. She said she was with a group of friends, waiting for others, when the police approached them "aggressively," and told them to leave.
"They're saying I slapped this horse when that's not the case," said Six. "It's embarrassing!"
Police were using mounted patrols to try to control crowds outside the bar when, Six hit the horse, according to local news reports. Six was charged with battery on a police horse and released with time served.
"I've never been arrested before, now I have a record," said Six, who was also not happy about being branded as an animal abuser.
St. Petersburg police and the state attorney's office were unavailable for comment because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.