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Queen's University Homecoming Partiers Charged For Allegedly Slapping Police Horse

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Three people are facing charges for allegedly slapping a police horse during an annual celebration at an Ontario university.

Kingston Police said that two men and a woman will face a charge of injuring a law enforcement animal, a new section in the Criminal Code that took effect in 2015.

The alleged assault of Murney the horse occurred during Queen's University's homecoming celebrations, an annual event that usually includes booze-fuelled shenanigans.

One video showed a woman running up to a horse and slapping it — only to get kicked herself:

Police won't say whether that woman is one of the three people charged, reported VICE.

The force did release some details about the suspects: one of the men is an Algonquin College student from Ottawa, while the other is from the Cobourg, Ont. area. A woman who attends Queen's is the third person facing a charge.

If convicted, the three could be looking at 18 months in jail, according to Global News, or a fine of up to $10,000, or both.

There were 19 arrests and a total of 166 charges or tickets handed out at the homecoming event this year, most of them booze-related. That's down from 203 total charges last year. Progress!

Click here for more statistics from the homecoming. (Yes, so much happens that police track statistics for the event every year.)

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