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A horse walks into an elevator… of luxury Tel Aviv apt. building

Animal’s owner says there was no sign saying ‘forbidden to bring a horse in’; he and a second man are arrested

A horse is led into the elevator of a Tel Aviv apartment building, April 28, 2021 (Channel 12 screenshot)
A horse is led into the elevator of a Tel Aviv apartment building, April 28, 2021 (Channel 12 screenshot)

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.

A horse is led into the elevator of a Tel Aviv apartment building, April 28, 2021 (Channel 12 screenshot)

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.

A horse is led into the elevator of a Tel Aviv apartment building, April 28, 2021 (Channel 12 screenshot)

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.

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