LAKE COUNTY, OH (WJW) – Sheriff Frank Leonbruno of Lake County says he is not offended by the Mounted Unit’s Halloween costume for the horses. White sheets were used to encase the equines, with slits made for the animals’ nostrils, eyes, and mouths. Bright orange pumpkin lights were also shining.
The riders “thought what a terrific idea it would be to have giant ghosts going down the street,” the sheriff explained. Halloween lights shone from the horses’ manes as they paraded down the street. The kids in the neighbourhood thought they were fantastic ghost horses, and the community overwhelmingly approved.
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The sheriff said that he removed the post after receiving some unfavourable feedback after photographs of the horses were shared on the department’s social media website. Several neighbours in Lake County complained to FOX 8 about the outfits. “Doesn’t anyone here say, ‘This is not a good idea?'”
Katelynn Gurbach remarked. I would be quite worried to see a sheriff’s office patrolling the streets when they should be out safeguarding the community. A second local neighbour expressed shock after viewing the photos. One Lake County resident who did not wish to be named commented, “That was a lousy execution for a ghost.”
The sheriff insisted that his employees did nothing wrong and that the costumes were never intended to offend anyone, saying, “You go back and look at images of the Ku Klux Klan, it’s basically the exact copy of what the horses looked like.” Leonbruno expressed regret that such an impression was given. “We never intended to cause trouble like that.”