Heard the joke about the horse that walks into an elevator? Israeli police didn’t find it too funny when it happened in a luxury Tel Aviv apartment building.
Security camera footage showing two people bringing the horse into the building and then into the elevator prompted two arrests on Wednesday, after footage of the incident was shared widely on social media.
The horse is seen being led all the way into the elevator by one of the men, and the door closes behind them; horse and man then come back out.
“I came to visit a friend. I didn’t think it would be a problem to bring a horse into the building,” the horse’s owner told police investigators, according to Channel 12 news.
“It wasn’t written anywhere that it’s forbidden to bring a horse in,” he added. “I couldn’t leave it outside. It’s an expensive horse and it would have been stolen from me.”
The network said the two were arrested after a resident of the building saw the security video and contacted police.
One of the men was released with restrictive conditions, while the second remains in custody over suspicions he violated house arrest in an unrelated matter.
Police are seeking to ascertain whether the horse suffered harm in the incident and have asked Tel Aviv Municipality veterinarians to look into the matter.
— ynet עדכוני (@ynetalerts) April 27, 2021