Carriage Horse found dead in his stall amid NYC’s record heatwave

Have you see this already? It is brutal; sickening. They say it “might have” been colic. One Green Plant reports:

Last week during New York City’s record heatwave, a carriage horse named Billy was found dead in his stall, according to the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (the “Department”).

This is just the latest incident that highlights the dangers of this industry. Although there is a law that horses must be removed from the streets when temperatures reach 90 degrees, it is not always upheld.

The Department reported that the 14-year-old Belgian draft horse died “apparently from colic” on July 20, when temperatures reached a high of 96 degrees in Manhattan, with temperatures exceeding 90 degrees by 11 AM.

“The fact that this horse likely died a long, painful death without receiving proper medical care is inexcusable. Like many carriage horses in New York City, Billy died as he lived – in extreme heat, under terrible conditions, isolated in a tiny stall, neglected and alone. Many questions remain, but one thing is clear: the city must initiate a thorough and independent investigation into the circumstances of this horse’s death,” said Edita Birnkrant, NYCLASS Executive Director.

NYCLASS is calling for the NYPD to conduct a review through the animal cruelty unit as well as an independent veterinarian. They say that the following questions must be answered by an independent investigation.

  • Given the extreme symptoms of colic, was the horse previously examined by a veterinarian?
  • Colic is not followed by instant death. How could this horse have simply dropped dead from an agonizing condition without anyone detecting a problem?
  • Why did heat suspensions only go into effect at 2 PM on the day of and before Billy’s death despite 90+ temperatures recorded hours earlier?
  • What, if any, oversight measures are currently in place to ensure these rules are followed and enforced?

A new bipartisan bill would replace horse carriages with modern electric carriages. This would not only reduce horse deaths but also make the streets safer for New Yorkers.

Source: One Green Planet. Featured Image: Manhattan Sideways.

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2 thoughts on “Carriage Horse found dead in his stall amid NYC’s record heatwave”

  1. Dear Judge Logan, You are obviously not an expert on wild horses. You are correct in saying the autonomy of these horses cannot be proven but since their ancestors have been in the area since 1971 [50 years ago ) they should be considered WILD. I am so sick of these BLM people from profiting of slaughtering these innocent horses and being terrified of the helicopter round ups. What idiot thought of this? Hare brained stupid idea. Lets stress them out and run them ragged. The babies cant keep up with their Mothers. There is no place TO run to. Broken legs and injuries galore. These are the most incompetent people Ive seen in my life. They should all be fired, including YOU!


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