New York City Parks Horse Teddy Smacked in the Face

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Dear NYC Parks Enforcement Patrol Inspector Edwin Rodriguez

Dear NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver

We ask the New York City Parks Enforcement Patrol, your command, to protect the animals in the line of duty and arrest Franluis Ruiz., 25, who struck Teddy, the 10-year-old Park Enforcement Horse.   (Pictured above)

The Parks officers could have charged Ruiz with “killing or injuring a police animal” — a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines, according to New York penal law. The Parks Department claimed it didn’t put its hoof down because Teddy wasn’t seriously injured.

If the city refuses to protect the police and/or park enforcement work horse in the line of duty then they should not put these poor horses at risk without equal protections of the law.   Mr. Ruiz also put Teddy’s handler at risk as well since the horse could have buckled or bolted for safety.  

“We have the best job in the world and could not do it without them.” as stated in 2017 by Sergeant Jessica Cowan 

"The Parks Department has ignored all requests and refused to provide any documentation that the Park horses are protected as Police horses under the Law."

Do enforce the law and arrest/charge Franluis Ruiz for smacking Teddy in the face. Teddy serves the public and deserves equal protection as his 2-legged colleagues on duty.

Thank you

Bronx Animal Rights Electors

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