Three people have been charged criminally by Ontario’s Kingston Police force after one of its equine officers was slapped during a Queens’s University homecoming event on October 15th.

The mare, named Murney, is new to the force and still in training. She was slapped on the hindquarters three times, according to reports, at 2:55 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and around 3:30 p.m. A female Queen’s University student and two males, one from Algonquin College and one from Cobourg, have been charged under a new section of the Criminal Code that makes it an offence to injure a law enforcement animal. If convicted, they could face a maximum fine of $10,000, up to 18 months in prison, or both.

Murney was not harmed, and though startled, remained under the mounted officer’s control.

As of Sunday as of 2:00 a.m., 122 tickets had been issued and 19 arrests were made in relation to the festivities.