A 14-year-old carriage horse collapsed on a busy Midtown intersection one week ago while the driver allegedly delayed 20 minutes before helping the horse get back up, reports Sunday’s New York Post.
According to eyewitness Bogdan Paul Angheluta of Farmingdale, Long Island, the gelding named Norman lay on the side of the road in the middle of 50th Street and 12th Avenue for 20 minutes after it “collapsed” and had been “breathing slow and hard.” Angheluta told the Post that the carriage driver had been hurrying the horse along to make the traffic light, but the horse was just too tired.
When a police officer arrived, the intersection was blocked off, and the carriage driver began cradling Norman’s head to calm the horse down. After ten minutes, the horse was back on his feet although Angheluta stated he was angry at the way the horse had been treated.
Christina Hansen, a spokesperson for the carriage company, stated Norman didn’t “collapse,” but tripped himself and fell describing the paint horse as “kind of a klutz.” A Health Department spokesperson stated the accident had been investigated, Norman had been checked over by a veterinarian, was not injured, and all was fine.
New York Class, an animal advocacy organization committed to creating a more humane city for all New Yorkers, has been working to end the New York City carriage horse industry. In a press statement on Sunday, the organization blames Mayor de Blasio for failing the “city’s gentle giants.”
Since the Labor Day accident, Norman has been reported to be doing fine.
(Photo via screenshot from New York Post by Bogdan Paul Angheluta)