A horse in Charleston, South Carolina, suffered fatal injuries after running away with an empty carriage on Sunday night. The draft horse, with the Old South Carriage Company, had to be euthanized because of severe leg injuries.
The Charleston Animal Society issued a release about the tragedy:
On Sunday, July 19th, shortly after 8:00 P.M., the Animal Society began receiving calls from citizens regarding a runaway carriage and an injured carriage horse. Videos and photos followed later.
Monday night, we learned that the draft horse, Ervin, was euthanized. This saddens us for all involved, including the carriage company, its owners and staff.
The animal welfare agency demanded a full investigation following the deadly incident:
The video and photos show a bleeding and terrified horse. This must not be ignored and we urge the City of Charleston to conduct a full investigation. These images raise more questions about the enterprise of using horses in an urban environment.
Ervin had been with the carriage company since 2018.
Rest in peace.
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