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Police: Man who harassed, assaulted horseback riders facing animal cruelty charges

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State police arrested a Holland man who allegedly harassed a group of horseback riders and hit one horse with his truck. State police arrested a Holland man who allegedly harassed a group of horseback riders and hit one horse with his truck.
HOLLAND, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

State police arrested a Holland man on animal cruelty and assault charges after he allegedly harassed several horseback riders and struck one horse with his truck.

Troopers responded to Union Road on Sunday at about 8:15 p.m. after receiving reports of a man who had been harassing three riders.

State police arrested 26-year-old Francis Reilly, of Holland, and charged him with two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, cruelty to animals, disturbing the peace and failure to slow for a frightened horse, according to an arrest report.

Police say Reilly drove a white pickup truck with a loud exhaust system by the group of riders several times. Reilly then allegedly drove up behind the riders, revved his engine, honked his horn, and made contact with the tail of one of the horses.

That caused that horse to buck and run into another horse. That rider, who was ran into by the horse from behind, fell off her horse and landed on the pavement.

Reilly then fled the area in the white truck, but troopers were able to locate the pickup during their investigation.

Reilly was held in jail Sunday night pending bail and was arraigned at Palmer District Court Monday.

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