SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A Scottsdale woman is charged with slapping a working police horse.
Scottsdale police say Selma Iris Gonzalez, 25, smacked a horse named Greyhawk in the rear outside International Botique Nightclub on July 19.
According to Officer Edward Chrisman, Greyhawk's partner, Gonzalez says she was merely petting the horse. But her gesture, the noise and Greyhawk's reaction proved otherwise.
According to the police report, Gonzalez raised her arm above her head and the clap could be heard over the noisy bar crowd. Greyhawk was spooked and hit so hard his body swayed.
"It's not only dangerous for him, it's also dangerous for us being on top of him if for some reason he does get spooked and he decides to run," Chrisman said. "He could have turned into a crowd and possibly hurt the people on the sidewalk."
Gonzalez was charged with intent to kill or harm a service animal. Scottsdale police say the offence could constitute a felony charge.