After refusing to settle the case of animal cruelty against him, the man who made headlines for riding his horse over a Staten Island bridge, is fighting in court to get his animals back.
Tod “Doc” Mishler was charged with animal cruelty after he rode over Outerbridge Crossing on horseback in June, causing a traffic jam and becoming a viral sensation. He also received criminal court summonses for trespassing and impeding traffic.
His horses, Hope II and Charity, according to the New York Daily News, were seized by local authorities who wanted to examine the health of the animals. Animal advocates claimed that Mishler abused his horses by not feeding them properly, exhausting them and letting them develop saddle sores.
Mishler stated he was riding cross-country to help hungry children.
He refused a deal from the Staten Island District Attorney’s office, requiring him to give up his horses for two years and plead guilty to disorderly conduct, according to SILive.com.
The 80-year-old cowboy and defense attorney Richard Luthmann are taking his case to court in a bid to get his animals back.