Austin police arrest man accused of burning a police horse with his cigarette

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - 8:10am

Austin police arrested a man they say burned a police patrol horse last weekend.

Police were in the process of making an arrest on Sunday when a local crowd became unruly, a mounted police unit was called in to help restore order.

Austin Police Dept. Sgt. David Daniels, "Officer Hubbard, who's assigned to mounted patrol, was riding Drago and moved his horse onto the sidewalk, where an individual by the name of Tyrone Branch Jr. decided to burn the right side of the horse's neck with a lit cigarette."

Police say the 23 year-old man was arrested and charged with interference with a public service animal, the crime carries a sentence of up to two years in jail.

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