Key West police dog and horse punched out by 2 different suspects

Last week was a rough one for nonhuman cops at the Key West Police Department.

Early Wednesday morning, a 21-year-old man allegedly punched a police K-9 in the head when the suspect was found in a place he shouldn't have been. Then in the afternoon, a 28-year-old man reportedly punched a police horse for no apparent reason.

Both are charged with misdemeanor battery on a law enforcement animal.

In the first incident, police responded to the Compass Realty office, 200 Front St., around 3 a.m. after the building alarm was activated. They found a busted-out window and a trail of blood.

That prompted officers to release 4-year-old German shepherd Cyress, who immediately ran to the second floor of the building, according to a report prepared by Officer Thomas Stutz.

The human cops followed the dog upstairs to find Shanon Adams "wearing only shoes and socks, punching K-9 Cyress in the head."

"Adams stated he did not know where he was or what was happening," according to reports. "Adams stated he had issues with sleep walking and that he often woke in strange places after drinking."

In addition to the charge for punching Cyress, he's charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

In 2012, Adams was a junior linebacker for the Division 1 Georgetown University football team in Washington, D.C. Among his teammates was fellow junior linebacker John Porter, a graduate of Marathon High School.

Later in the day, around 3:45 p.m., police were working a mounted patrol Spring Break detail at Smathers Beach along South Roosevelt Boulevard when Yeorgo Kapiris, who lists his occupation as a farmer on Ramrod Key, interrupted an investigation into underage drinking.

According to a report prepared by Officer Frank Betz, Kapiris walked up to police horse Smoke and leaned against the animal. Smoke moved, and "I then observed Kapiris punch Smoke in the left neck area," Betz reported.

Under law, police department animals are considered law officers.

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