The photo of a seemingly exhausted, or ailing, carriage horse collapsed on a street in New York City has sparked outrage. According to NBC New York, the white horse collapsed last week in Central Park.
The animal rights advocacy group, NYCLASS, which strives to end the NYC horse carriage industry, has stated that bystanders noticed the horse was “breathing heavily” before falling to the ground. The group has demanded an investigation into the situation.
New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has acknowledged that the draft horse was involved in an incident on February 21, but they have stated that the 13-year-old horse merely tripped and fell…and that he is now doing fine. In a statement, the department said, “The horse returned immediately to its stable and was examined by a private veterinarian who determined Max to be healthy.”
In the New York Post, the department’s claim that the horse simply tripped has been questioned by NYCLASS, which stated, “Horses don’t just collapse. Something happened — and the city should get to the bottom of it and make sure it never happens again.”
According to the NY Post, carriage driver Chris Emanus acknowledged that Max tripped on “a crack,” but noted that the horse was “back to work” on Monday.
Please share your thoughts about this situation below. Did Max trip, or was something else to blame for the apparent collapse?
(Photo NYCLASS via NY Post)