EMILEE EAGAR, reporting for the KSL Utah writes:
SALT LAKE CITY — A horse that collapsed downtown earlier this month died Friday, its owner said.
Blaine Overson, owner of Carriage for Hire, said he and his wife are upset about Jerry’s death.
“We cried between the two of us,” Overson said. “We’re sorry to see him go.”
After Jerry collapsed on Aug. 17, Overson said the horse was taken about 300 miles away to recover. On Wednesday, he called his wife to tell her Jerry was on the mend. Two days later, Overson said the horse “took a turn for the worse” and died.
“We get attached to (the horses),” he said. “Our drivers get attached to them, and they get attached to us.”
Overson said the criticism his company has received since Jerry collapsed has been difficult to take. He’s even received some death threats, he said.
“It’s really a sad thing that some of the people out there don’t understand that over 500,000 horses a year die of colic,” Overson said. “That’s what Jerry died of. They want to blame it on the fact that he was out there on the street.”
Mayor Ralph Becker’s office released a statement Monday saying city officials “are saddened” about the news of Jerry’s death.
“We are also extremely disappointed that the owners of Carriage for Hire chose not to publicly share this information in a timely manner,” the statement said.
Mayor Becker supports Salt Lake City Councilman Charlie Luke’s call for an investigation into the incident and the re-evaluation of the city ordinance that allows for horse-drawn carriages downtown, the statement said.
“Now that the horse has passed away, there are still a number of questions that are out there,” Luke said.
— Read more at KSL.com >>
We are so sorry about the death of Jerry. But it was expected.
However, anyone who works a horse in high temperatures — even if it is not against City Ordinance — and sees no problem with it is not a responsible, caring horse owner. Advocates do not need informing. We understand the conditions so many of these horses are worked in cities across the country. The story ends up being the same more often than not. And why do they always try to cover their abuses by saying the horses “enjoy” it? Horses do enjoy having something to do; they like being employed. But not in cruel circumstances.
Insofar as the lie about the photograph, would the public ever been told that Jerry had died?
— Carriage horse owner sent photo of wrong horse, says Jerry is recovering; The Salt Lake City Tribune; by Jim Dalrymple II; Aug. 24, 2013
— Salt Lake city carriage horse collapses in the heat; Tuesday’s Horse; Aug. 20, 2013