Cowboy on horse who snarled traffic on NY bridge is arrested

AP News
Posted: Jun 30, 2016 12:51 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police have arrested an 80-year-old man who gained national fame by riding his horse around the country saying he was a cowboy helping hungry children.

Police say Tod "Doc" Mishler was taken into custody Thursday, three days after riding across the Outerbridge Crossing linking New Jersey with Staten Island.

A police spokeswoman says charges are pending, but could not immediately say why he was arrested.

Animal advocate Christine Whaley leads a group called "Stop Doc Mishler" whose members say Mishler neglects his horses.

His two horses were seized Tuesday for veterinary examinations.

On Monday, Mishler was issued a court summons for blocking traffic and trespassing after he rode one horse and led another across the bridge. He couldn't be reached for comment Thursday.


This story has been corrected to show that two horses were seized on Tuesday, not Monday.