Police in Chicago are in determined pursuit of those responsible for freeing 27 of the 30 stabled police horses from their stalls on Sunday night.
Officers on duty returned to the stables at the South Shore Cultural Center about 11.15pm on Sunday to find the animals running loose inside the building.
A horse named J.R. has swelling to an eye after apparently being sprayed with a fire extinguisher. Another horse, named Schott, is believed to have been struck on his right leg and flank with the same extinguisher.
“They did not enter this to commit a theft; rather, they entered this to maliciously harm our horses,” Lieutenant Paul Bauer told CBS Chicago. “For what reason, I don’t know.
“The incident has upset a lot of people here,” said Bauer, who heads the mounted unit.
The horses were agitated and fearful when found loose, most of them circling the stable arena.
A rear window in the complex was used by the offenders to gain entry.