Dog owner sics pet on APD’s Mounted Patrol

Austin Police Department Mounted Patrol.
Austin Police Department Mounted Patrol.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a man who police say intentionally ordered his dog to attack a police horse named ‘Cowboy.’

Austin police said Makel Rashad Farmer, 23, followed Mounted Patrol officers along East 6th Street around 1 a.m. last Sunday. At this time, Farmer was carrying his dog on his shoulder.

When Farmer reached East 6th Street and Trinity Street, he placed his dog on the ground and held the dog by its hind legs to prepare it for an attack, according to the court documents. Police say that’s when Farmer released the dog in the direction of a police horse. The dog aggressively bit the hind legs of one horse before officers pulled it away.

Police reports said Farmer then took his dog away from the officers and began to walk away. When officers tried to stop Farmer, his dog slipped out of his collar and again ran to attack the police mounts before being restrained.

Once arrested, Farmer will be charged with interference with a police service animal, a state jail felony. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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