LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com)  —  The LAPD is asking the public’s help to find a brazen graffiti artist who tagged the hind quarters of one of its horses in broad daylight.

The incident of vandalism occurred Tuesday at Venice Beach.

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While working a crime-suppression detail at Venice Beach, an unknown suspect marked the horse, a member of the LAPD’s Metropolitan Division’s Mounted Platoon.

The silver graffiti was removed from “Charly” later that evening.

CBS2’s Rachel Kim said someone tagged the initials R.B.S. on Charly.

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She also spoke to Venice residents who were shocked at the brazen act.

“I think it’s unfortunate, but people love to tag things in Venice, so really, I guess a horse is just the next step,” said Mark Stegall.

“It’s cruel and it’s not respectful,” said Robert Kendall. “It’s bad for the animals and it’s just people who want to mess with the status quo and I think it’s pretty awful.”

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Anyone with information about the vandalism incident is asked to call Pacific Division Detectives at (310) 482-6313.