Cowboy on horse who snarled traffic on NY bridge is arrested

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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.

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