#TheList Scott Spurling, aged 23, of Weston-super-Mare – punched a police horse in the head during a drunken fracas
Spurling admitted attacking police horse Quantock, a police officer and another man outside a bar in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, in July 2018.
North Somerset Magistrates’ Court heard Spurling cheered after he punched Quantock in the head and tried to strike PC Mark Hodder in the face.
Sue Cameron, representing Spurling, said her client had punched the horse after being “pushed back by the animal”.
“We accept that any physical contact of that nature with an animal is going to cause unnecessary suffering. There wasn’t any injury,” she said.
“There may have been a psychological impact on the horse but he is described as being well the following day and grazing in the paddock.”
Sentence: 10-week community order and 10-week curfew. £500 compensation to his human victim.