Following the collapse of a Central Park carriage horse last Tuesday, animal rights groups are pleading for a lead-up to the incident.
Witnesses who saw the horse at work earlier in the day said the horse was breathing unusually heavy before he collapsed to the ground.
NYCLASS, an activist group against the use of horse carriages, released photos of the incident today, saying, “Horses don’t just collapse. Something happened, and the city should get to the bottom of it and make sure it never happens again.”
“They should conduct an immediate investigation into the health and whereabouts of this horse, including allowing an independent vet to examine the animal,” said an NYCLASS spokesperson.
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Chris Emanus, the carriage operator, believes the taxation of his horse Max was not to blame, but rather the fact that last Tuesday happened to be the first time Max had worn shoes in eight months.
“He had just come from spending eight months on the farm. So for eight months, he was walking around with no shoes,” Manus explained to the New York Post. “The day it happened, he tripped on a little crack in the pavement. That happens sometimes, they trip on a crack. He tripped and went down, but not hard.”
Max eventually rose to his feet “without a scratch” before being taken to a veterinarian immediately after he fell. Max was back at work Monday, with Manus saying, “On Friday [the vet] said he was good to go once the blood work came back, and said that everything was fine. Today is his first day back. We gave him the weekend off.”
H/T: New York Post
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