Florida man arrested for punching a police horse

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A Florida man has been arrested after allegedly punching a police horse named Mr George several times in the neck.

Orlando police say Korey Jerelds was among a crowd  that officers were trying to break up in downtown Orlando around 3am on Saturday at a parking garage.

Mr George was being used in efforts to disperse the crowd.

Jerelds is alleged to have cursed at the horse. He is then said to have adopted a fighting stance and struck Mr George several times on the left side of his neck with a closed right fist.

Jerelds was arrested for interfering with or obstructing a police horse.

He was released on Saturday on a $US500 bond.

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