Woman charged with abuse of police horse says ‘there are two sides to every story’

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KANSAS CITY, Mo - Local animal activists are up in arms after hearing a woman smacked a police horse. Police say it happened last weekend during the Donald Trump protest outside of the Midland.

Officers said 29-year-old April Foster hit a horse one of the officers was riding. She's now facing a municipal charge.

Foster told FOX 4's Megan Brilley, "there are two sides to every story."

You can see Foster, a passionate protester, holding a sign chanting at with others. She joined hundreds, protesting Donald Trump.

Police said protesters began moving into the street, even after officers warned them several times to stay on the sidewalk. Officers mounted on horses moved in for crowd control and that's when police say Foster smacked the horse's face.

"Her motives, I don't care what they were, she was a jerk. Not only a jerk, she was an abuser of animals and that's a lot worse."

Ann Martin-Gonnerman has worked as an animal activist for 37 years in Kansas City. She too has protested for decades but said getting physical takes away the message.

"They can wave their hands, they can wave their signs, but they can't hit a horse," Martin-Gonnerman said.

Police said Foster ran away after smacking the horse. A warrant was issued for her arrest.

Soon after, an anonymous person sent in a tip to the Crimestoppers hotline. Foster was arrested Friday night.

"The judge I think should give her jail time. It's just common sense and good decency not to hit anybody, let alone an animal."

Foster is due back in court in May. She declined an interview with FOX 4, saying the investigation is on going.