His name is not Mongo but a shirtless maniac stole a page from “Blazing Saddles” Monday, punching — and also kicking — three carriage horses in Central Park before claiming he had a knife, one of the drivers said.
The decidedly unfunny and unprovoked alleged animal abuse took place shortly before noon just inside the park near West 59th Street and Sixth Avenue, hansom cab driver Henry Kaya, 28, said.
Five drivers had their carriages lined up along Center Drive and were waiting for fares when the man suddenly appeared, started cursing and slugged one of the horses, Kaya said.
He then moved to the next horse and attacked it before targeting Kaya’s horse, a 16-year-old dark brown mare named “Mary,” Kaya said.
“He raised his hand to punch my horse but I pulled my horse back so he could barely touch my horse,” he said.
Kaya alleges that the man also threatened to punch him and said, “I have a knife” before storming off.
Kaya said he chased the man down and shot video with his cellphone that shows him angrily confronting the man from a distance.
“Why are you hitting my horse? It’s a poor animal!” Kaya yelled.
The man, who put on a fluorescent yellow safety vest he picked up from the ground, claimed, “He was stabbing me in the back, your friend,” while gesturing with his arm.
Kaya urged passing bicyclists and joggers to call the police as the man walked away carrying a black jacket and a black and white bag slung over his shoulder.
“Come here! Don’t move! You hit my horse!” Kaya yelled as he followed.
“You’re such a crazy person!”
The man turned around and again said something with the word “stabbing.”
“There’s nothing wrong with your horse!” the man said.
“Now you’re getting me upset.”
In Mel Brooks’ 1977 comedy hit “Blazing Saddles,” an illiterate wild west outlaw named Mongo (played by the late NFL star and actor Alex Karras) shows how mean and ornery he is by knocking out a horse with one punch.
Kaya, who said he grew up in Greece and moved to the US to study biochemistry at Long Island University, said he called 911 and showed his video to the cops who responded and told them what happened.
They said they recognized the man as someone who hangs out in Times Square, he said.
The NYPD said cops couldn’t find the man and the case was marked unfounded because there was no evidence a crime was committed.
Additional reporting by Tina Moore
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