Florida Woman Accused of Slapping a Police Horse


(CNN) -- After spending nearly 12 hours behind bars, accused of slapping a police horse, a Florida woman is out of jail Monday facing misdemeanor charges in the incident.

"A horse was literally right in my face all of a sudden," Stephanie Six told CNN affiliate Bay News 9. "So I put my hand up into his face as a reaction."

Six, 29, was released after being arrested early Saturday in downtown St. Petersburg, a report from Pinellas County Sheriff's office said.

Police were using mounted patrols to try to control crowds outside a tavern, when they say Six hit the horse, according to local news reports.

Six told the local television station she did not strike the horse.

"They're saying I slapped this horse when that's not the case," said Six. "I was basically getting it out of my face. I did not hit him."

CNN contacted St. Petersburg police and the state attorney's office, but officials were unavailable for comment because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Six is charged with battery on a police horse. In Florida statutes, any person who actually and intentionally maliciously touches, strikes or causes bodily harm to a police dog, fire dog, SAR dog or police horse commits a first-degree misdemeanor.

If convicted of the first-degree misdemeanor, Six could face a $1,000 fine and up to one year in prison. A second-degree conviction is punishable by a $500 fine and up to 60 days behind bars.

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