Self-described “commie…trans” April J. Foster, 29, was arrested by Kansas City, Missouri police on Friday for slapping a police horse at a protest against leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on March 12.
April was charged with abuse of a police service animal.
The slap was witnessed and reported by a photographer with the Kansas City Star:
“A photographer with The Star saw a woman slap a police horse in the face. When officers pointed her out for arrest, she disappeared into the crowd.”
KCTV-TV reported on the police report about the attack on the horse.
Police said Foster approached an officer and his horse named Dan and began yelling and screaming in the horse’s face, trying to scare the animal.
“When this tactic did not work she attempted to push my horse with no success. I observed this to only make her more angry and violent and in a last attempt she struck my horse in the face with an open hand,” the officer’s report said.
The officer said Foster then ran away and they weren’t able to catch up to her due to the size of the crowd.
Foster’s bio at Instagram:
“aprilfosterrr April KC, worker, writer, commie, feminist, music, books, trans, go Royals. twitter.com/aprilfosterrr”
Here is video of the assault:
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.