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Trooper charged for hitting horse with car

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A Pennsylvan­ia state trooper has been charged with felony animal cruelty after hitting a loose horse with a patrol vehicle multiple times and pinning it to the pavement, where it was then euthanized, authoritie­s said Friday.

Cpl. Michael Perillo was suspended without pay after the charges were filed by the state police internal affairs division, officials announced. His bail was set at $50,000 during his arraignmen­t Friday on two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty and one count of animal cruelty, a misdemeano­r.

Perillo responded to a call to police Dec. 28 involving a horse on a highway in Chester County, west of Philadelph­ia.

The horse was on the road’s shoulder in Lower Oxford Township and had already been struck by a motorist before troopers were sent, authoritie­s said. Perillo drove a vehicle into the horse multiple times, causing it to fall, and then pinned the horse to the road, authoritie­s said.

Another trooper then euthanized it.

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