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Officers: Man shouts karate-like battle cry, kicks Portland police horse

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Police arrested a man in Old Town Wednesday morning for kicking a police horse. The horse, named Olin, wasn't hurt.

Portland police said Mounted Patrol Unit officers were talking to a group of people near Northwest Sixth Avenue and Northwest Hoyt Street when Joseph Cruz, 29, ran up from behind, yelled out a "karate-like" battle cry, and jump-kicked the horse's right thigh.

Fortunately, Olin was hardly fazed.

Sgt. Marty Schell said police horses go through extensive "nuisance training" so they're prepared for any sudden situation.

He said horses have been punched, kicked and had their tails pulled while on patrol.

Police said Cruz had an outstanding arrest warrant. Officers took him into custody and charged him with interfering with a law enforcement animal.

"That should be a lesson, you don't kick the police horse when you have a warrant," Schell joked, before adding a situation like that could quickly become dangerous when dealing with an animal that weighs more than 1,000 pounds. "It's almost comical, until you think about what could happen."

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