Finger Tips: Why You Shouldn’t Pet the NYPD Horses in Hell Square

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 at 9:24 am by

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Hell Square petting zoo, September 2012

More evidence of why the NYPD’s equine patrol unit in Hell Square is a bad idea. It’s not just the mounds of horse shit and smell of piss weekend mornings.

The drunken petting zoo can also result in disfigurement. In this case, a presumably sloshed Swedish woman hanging at Max Fish last November – Pernilla Ekberg – asked an officer to pet the police horse. She reportedly received permission but the animal disagreed, and instead decided to bite the tip of her right ring finger.

“It chomped down on her hand, bit off the tip and spit it out on the floor,” Ekberg’s lawyer, Eliot Bickoff, told the Daily News. “The police officer panicked and ran away. He just left. He didn’t offer her any assistance,” the lawyer said.

Boo hoo. You shouldn’t be petting police horses!

Ekberg’s boyfriend kept the fingertip on ice during the trip to Bellevue Hospital, but it couldn’t be salvaged.

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The lost fingertip

Naturally, Ekberg is suing. The legal filing claims that the victim has nerve damage and spent months in intensive rehab working to restore fine motor skills, which are still impaired.

Regardless of the stupidity here, the real question remains – do we need the NYPD mounted units in Hell Square?

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Pernilla Ekberg

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