A Canadian girl has been slapped with a $C250 fine for sounding an air horn behind a police horse, causing the animal to step into a lane of traffic.
The ticket for interfering with a police animal was the first issued under a bylaw in Hamilton, Ontario, designed to protect the wellbeing of the police horses in the port city.
The incident happened around 4.40pm last Thursday, when members of the city’s mounted patrol unit were in the area of James Street and King Street.
Officers were dealing with a drunken man when a passerby told them about mischief unfolding at a King Street West address in Jackson Square.
Officers investigated and saw a young woman with a can of spray streamers defacing a stairway that leads from street level to the roof of Jackson square.
Police also noticed that the girl was carrying an air horn.
As officers approached to talk to her the girl began blowing the air horn.
The police horse, named RHLI, was initially not bothered by the horn, but then the youth managed to get behind the horse. She again sounded the air horn, which caused RHLI to enter into a live lane of traffic.
The girl was arrested for mischief to property. She was later released as the property owner chose not to press charges.
However, she was given a ticket under the city’s bylaws for interfering with a police animal.
Hamilton Police said it was the first ticket of this kind issued for one of the city’s mounted members. The bylaw came into effect on August 20.
RHLI and his rider were unhurt in the incident.