Last time the city heard from urban cowboy Doc Mishler, who enthralled and confused us all earlier this summer when he rode a horse across the Outerbridge Crossing, he was pleading not guilty to animal cruelty. Now Mishler is back in the news, threatening to sue the city of New York if his horses aren't returned, according to the Staten Island Advance.

While Mishler isn't from the big city, he's at least managed to learn our litigious ways, and has enlisted the help of Staten Island attorney Richard Luthmann in a campaign to drop the animal cruelty charges against him and get the city to release the horses he rode here in June. Mishler, despite being hit with animal cruelty charges before, said that us city slickers need to understand that his horses, which investigators said were suffering from deyhdration and bleeding sores, "aren't show horses, these are go horses."

Luthmann and Mishler also sat for a video interview with the Advance, in which Luthmann said Mishler's rights going back to the Magna Carta have been violated, that under New York State's vehicle and traffic law it's legal to ride horses on New York roads and that "prior to the automobile it was all horses."

When Mishler was arrested in June, a Port Authority spokesman said it was a violation to ride a horse on the Outerbridge Crossing.

Luthmann hasn't been above going right for the jugular from the start, telling the Staten Island Advance, "The fact of the matter is we have a kid dying every day of heroin, every five days on this island... Doc is trying to save the children every day. He wants the children to grow up big and strong and not be killed by heroin." (Mishler says he rides his horses across the country as a way to raise awareness about childhood hunger.)

Language like that is about par for the course for Luthmann, who previously asked a judge overseeing a case in Staten Island to allow him to settle a civil suit with a trial by combat. The request was apparently theoretically allowed but was not granted by the presiding judge.

Luthmann also promised to sue "to the ends of the Earth," which, while certainly a stirring sentiment, is also a confusing one. After all, a lawsuit like this could really only go as far as the Supreme Court in Washington, DC and not say, some type of penguin court that's been established in the South Pole.