KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A woman who protested outside a Kansas City rally for Donald Trump has been arrested on suspicion of abusing a police service animal.
According to a police report, an officer mounted on horseback was involved in crowd control outside the Midland Theatre March 12 when protesters began moving into the street and blocking traffic, approaching officers on foot. After police verbally instructed the protesters back onto the sidewalk, the crowd continued moving forward and mounted officers moved into position to block the crowd, according to Fox4KC.
Police say that's when the suspect, April J. Foster, approached an officer and his horse, Dan, and began screaming in the horse's face in an attempt to scare him. When that did not work, 29-year-old Foster reportedly slapped the horse in the face with an open hand.
After striking the horse, Foster fled toward the back of the crowd, where police were unable to apprehend her at the time. She was arrested March 19.
The Kansas City Star reported a photographer witnessed an incident of a woman slapping a police horse. Police later received a tip that led them to the suspect.
Foster was charged with abuse of a police service animal. She was released after posting $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on May 4.
PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch released a statement on the incident.
All animals feel pain, stress and fear just like we do, and they deserve our respect and protection. Horses are highly sensitive prey animals, and this poor horse was without a doubt already under a tremendous amount of stress as a result of the chaos, the crowds, the deafening noise of the angry protesters, and more. PETA commends the person who called the tip line so that this woman’s apparent cruelty to this horse does not go unpunished.
Police said there were four other arrests made in relation to the Trump protests, and although the situation became tense and pepper spray was used on the crowd, the protests were mostly free of large-scale violence.