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3 June 2007 - Vol. # 32 - SPECIAL EDITION



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June 3, 2007 - NYC: This story did not appear in any of the newspapers. A quick thinking passerby was in the area when the accident happened - took pictures and reported this to the Gothamist. How many other accidents go unreported!

From the Gothamnist: "Reader Steve McNally sent us pictures and an account of what must have been a wild West Side scene yesterday afternoon. [Saturday, June 2nd]

A horse, still harnessed to its carriage got spooked on 7th Ave. around 56th St. and took off without its driver. The horse galloped south down the avenue with its driver chasing behind, yelling "Whoa! whoa!" but unable to catch his cab. Unfortunately, as the horse went headlong into the intersection at 54th St. it was hit by an SUV. The animal went down hard and its cab was knocked loose, spinning up onto the curb where it barely missed several pedestrians. The horse got up, but seemed dazed, and a few New Yorkers walked into the street and started directing traffic around the rubberneck-inducing scene. The FDNY eventually arrived to take control of the situation just as the horse began to get fed up with all the attention it was receiving from the crowd. It limped off across the street with its driver. More pictures after the jump."

The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages urges the City Council and the Mayor to take action on this issue and pass legislation that would end the dangerous carriage horse industry in New York City. Besides being a humane issue for the horses who live lives of misery, it is a serious safety issue for the public in this traffic congested city.

We also urge each and every one of you to contact your Council Member and  every one of you to contact your Council Member and the Mayor if you live in NYC. If you live outside of NYC, please contact the Mayor. Click here for Council Member information. Click here to Contact Mayor Bloomberg. Please ask them to pass legislation that would end the carriage horse industry. Tell them that a 2000 pound horse who is out of control is dangerous to himself and to pedestrians. Horse-drawn carriages do not belong in congested NYC. Make reference to the Gothamist story since this did not appear anywhere else.

Thanks to the Gothamist for being the only one to report this story and Steve McNally for providing these photos and an account of the accident.

"If we see cruelty or wrong that we have the power to stop, and do nothing, we make ourselves sharers in the guilt." -Black Beauty - London, 1877

Thank you for caring about the horses, Elizabeth Forel - Coalition for NYC Animals, Inc. for the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages