SANTA ANA, Calif. – Two police horse mounts were assaulted and six people arrested after a large fight broke out in Santa Ana early Sunday morning as bars were closing. More than 200 people spilled into the streets during the unrest, Santa Ana Police Cmdr. Chuck Elms said.
One person was taken into custody on suspicion of striking a police horse named Chex, according to police.
It is unclear if Chex was punched or slapped, but it was “unfazed,” Elms said.
The suspect was booked on suspicion of committing an unlawful act against a police animal, reported KTLA.
Another horse named Willa was also assaulted, Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
Neither horse sustained injuries, according to Bertagna.
Chaos escalated at around 2 a.m. in the area of 3rd Street and North Broadway when the fight erupted. As a result of the unruly mob, it prompted officers to request back-up. Consequently, dozens of cops responded to the scene and tried to disperse the crowd that did not initially comply with orders, police said.
No injuries were reported.
Five people were arrested on different charges, including public drunkenness and resisting arrest, according to Elms.
It is unclear what led to the fight.
Those arrested were not identified.
No further information was immediately available.