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Texas woman sentenced to jail after hitting police horse

By Mason White 1:25 PM August 13, 2013
Diane Harvey 

By: Eva Fett
(Scroll down for video) A 48-year-old woman will spend time in jail after she slapped a police horse while attempting to get away from police.

Diane Harvey, 48, of Texas, was sentenced to four days in jail after hitting the horse, which was carrying a police officer.

It all started when the officer spotted Harvey sitting with a large cup of beer at 4:05 pm. The officer asked her to spill out the beer, instead, she began to drink it, Houston Police Department spokesperson Jodi Silva said.

Harvey, who was apparently drunk, refused to follow orders and began to walk away. The officer then blocked her path with his horse, that’s when Harvey angrily slapped the animal in the face.
Silva said that police horses are trained not to react in these situations, and that the animal only turned its head from the blow. Harvey was arrested. She pleaded guilty to interfering with a police animal, and was sentenced to four days in Jail.

In another incident, a Florida man was arrested after nearly drowning a police dog.
The man was arrested and charged with injuring a police dog after he kept a police dog underwater until it passed out.

Orlando Police said that after climbing an eight-foot tall barbed wire fence, and running through thick brush and black mud to chase down a robbery suspect, Seabee, a Orlando police dog, had a brush with death.

Seabee, a two-year-old German shepherd, chased down Landon Barnes in a marshy area near Audubon Park after the suspect allegedly burglarized a home on Chelsea Street on Thursday, according to a Orlando Police spokesperson.

When the 18-year-old suspect ran into the water it was so dark that the police could not see below the surface, so they unleashed Seabee to track him down.
That’s when police said Barnes attacked the dog, dipping Seabee’s head into the water at least three times, forcing thick and dirty water into the lungs of the dog.

Although Seabee managed to escape, he began to convulse, so he was taken to a vet in order to receive treatment, according to a police report.
After a brief stay at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Barnes was booked into the Orange County Jail on charges of robbery, resisting arrest with violence and injuring a police dog. He is being held on $5,300 bail.