- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Austin police have arrested a man accused of punching a patrol horse during a fight in the downtown area.

Police say 23-year-old Pierre Anthony Mendez was charged with misdemeanor interfering with a police service animal.

Mendez was arrested early Sunday and bond set at $7,500. Online jail records Tuesday indicate Mendez was no longer in custody.

An affidavit says Austin mounted patrol officers were trying to break up a fistfight outside a club when Mendez allegedly punched a horse in the right hindquarter. The animal lurched forward, but was not hurt. An officer witnessed the incident.

Online records do not list attorney information on behalf of Mendez.

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