We've seen a lot of unusual things on Capitol Square this year, what with all the protests and such, but even so this took me by surprise:
A citizen notified police Monday afternoon about three horses in front of 7 W. Main St. on the Capitol Square that were not looking well.
The Madison Police Department said officers found that the three horses appeared dehydrated and underweight. Police said the horses also appeared to have many sores from the saddles and there were open sores on their legs.
The horses also seemed to be suffering in the heat, police said.
Police said Tod L. Mishler, 75, of Ulster Park, N.Y., claimed to have ridden the horses from Florida to Madison to raise awareness for hunger.
The article provided a picture of the suspect, who was arrested on suspicion of animal neglect:
In case you were wondering if he was as crazy as the picture makes him look, consider this quote from a subsequent article:
When asked for proper documentation to bring horses across state lines, he gave them a "Letter of Commitment to Jesus," police said.
Maybe it’s just because I used to work for the Division of Animal Health at the state Department of Agriculture—which is responsible for issuing permits to allow animals to cross the state line—but I thought that was hilarious.
Anyway, the horses are being looked after by the Dane County Humane Society, and one assumes Mr. Mishler will not be regaining custody of them anytime soon, so all's well that ends well.