Man riding horse through town charged with animal cruelty - FOX 35 News Orlando

Man riding horse through town charged with animal cruelty

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Video released on Monday by Bunnell Police shows 29-year-old Charles Cowart riding his horse through the streets of the Flagler County community.   Police started following him on U.S. Highway 1 in front of the Hot Diggity Dog hotdog stand.   Owner John Stabia watched in awe.

"That was one of the funniest things I've seen in my life!" he exclaimed.

Some came out of their homes and businesses to catch a glance while others pulled their cars over to check out what was happening. 

Police said they repeatedly told Cowart to get off the horse and out of the street. They followed him over railroad tracks and through busy intersections for 35 minutes until he eventually got off the horse.   He told officers he was going to his grandmother's house.

Cowart was cuffed and taken to jail.  The horse, we're told, had some minor injuries to one of its legs, but will be fine.  A woman passing by in a truck stopped a led the horse off the road.

"She's driving, holding the horse, driving." said Stabia.  "I turned around, because I said, 'I gotta see the rest of this stuff!'"

Cowart is facing charges of resisting arrest and animal cruelty.

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