Carriage horse dies in accident by Central Park Happened along Central Park South
(New York - WABC, September 14, 2007) - The peacefulness of a late summer Friday night in Central Park was shattered when horses got spooked and ran wild in front of tourists and through the streets.
Police say two horses went out of control and one of them was killed.
Eyewitness News reporter Jeff Pegues has the story.
About six protestors heckled the operators of horse drawn carriages as they passed by. On Friday night, this Central Park mainstay was the target of animal rights activists who say the accident should not have happened.
"Horses shouldn't be in traffic ... this is a two thousand pound horse probably," said protestor Elizabeth Forel.
Witnesses say someone beating a drum spooked a horse shortly around 4:40 p.m. The horse began to gallop east on Central Park South. The 12-year-old Gelding -- named Smoothie -- was hooked up to an unattended carriage at the time.
"I saw the horse running ... in full gallop," said eyewitness Chubby Seeberan.
Near the corner of 6th Avenue and Central Park South, the horse hit a tree and another horse was startled by the commotion.
"The other horse jumped across the carriage and landed on this man's Mercedes," said eyewitness Roger Watkins.
The 12-year-old Gelding died at the scene.
Members of the coalition to ban horse drawn carriages hope the accident serves as a wake up call.
In 2006, a horse pulling a Central Park carriage to a stable on the far West Side became spooked in traffic and galloped down a busy street until it collided with a car. The carriage driver was injured, and the horse had to be euthanized.
The bigger the organization the more susceptible to corruption! The ASPCA is a fine example of this. I firmly believe that the ASPCA is largely responsible for the NYC Carriage Horse industry still being in existence. For a few ASPCA officers assigned to Central Park it may be a ‘dream job’ which they will never want to eliminate.
"ASPCA WELCOMES AUDIT OF NYC CARRIAGE HORSE INDUSTRY
The ASPCA, a longtime advocate for New York City’s carriage horses, is gratified by the New York City Comptroller’s recent report stating that these working equines are being under-protected and underserved.
The report sheds light on concerns that the ASPCA has been calling attention to for many years. These include the lack of required inspections of horse-drawn carriages, an absence of veterinary examinations in the field, the presence of too many passengers in carriages and a lack of formal hack stands, which forces the horses to stand in their own waste and without shade or water. Eleven recommendations were made to address the findings.
“The ASPCA welcomes the City’s recognition of the need for improvements in the carriage horse industry,” says ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “We are definitely open to discussions with the City on creating and implementing a plan to deal with the carriage horse issues.”
The ASPCA has worked to protect and aid horses since the society was founded in 1866, and continues that work today by enforcing carriage horse and animal cruelty laws in New York City. To learn more about the ASPCA’s efforts on behalf of the Big Apple’s carriage horses, please visit ASPCA.org."
Another Carriage Horse Tragedy at Columbus Circle Friday evening! Some time around 5-6PM on Friday evening a carriage horse was struck by a car and died soon after. I'm still trying to get details...From ABC News.
Carriage Horse vigil on September 20, 2007
...Click here for the NYC Comptroller's Audit Report....
The Plight of Carriage Horses (COALITION TO BAN HORSE DRAWN CARRIAGES)
The Plight of Carriage Horses (COALITION for New York City Animals)