A horse that collapses in the NYC heat sparks outrage over ‘animal abuse’

An exhausted carriage horse that collapsed during the evening rush hour in Manhattan on Wednesday sparked outrage in New York and on the internet.

Witnesses at the scene uploaded a video to Twitter after the animal’s knees buckled on the pavement near Times Square. According to The NY Post, a bystander at the scene said the driver jerked on the reins and hit the horse to get it up when it collapsed. The owner has since been subpoenaed for alleged animal cruelty.

Pedestrians in New York were reportedly disturbed when the downed horse rolled on its side and rested its head on the street before several NYPD officers came to the rescue.

Comments were received online from concerned people and PETA about the horse’s welfare, including one from a person claiming to be a veterinarian.

“As a vet, I can see from this picture that she is way too skinny. This poor horse.”

Horse finally got up after an hour

According to the video and witnesses, a group of police officers then arrived. They were filmed dousing the horse with water and finally getting it on its feet after more than an hour. The NYPD’s mounted unit also reportedly transported the animal to an undisclosed location for treatment, according to police.

“I saw the horse collapse. He was obviously malnourished, dehydrated, hungry. The guy started whipping his horse and telling him to get back up instead of giving him water,” said Kelvin Gonzalez, 25, an Uber Eats driver The New York Post.

“I told him, ‘Yo, stop whipping him, give him some water. That’s a horse, not a machine.”

The concerned New York witness said he could tell the owner didn’t care about the horse.

“It’s really sad, man. You can tell he exploited that horse. The horse was hungry, he was thirsty. You can tell the horse collapsed from thirst,” Gonzales said.

Last month, New York City Council members introduced a bill that would replace horse-drawn carriages with electronic carriages in Manhattan. Advocates fear the summer heat is creating inhumane working conditions for the animals.

https://theshaderoom.com/video-of-carriage-horse-collapsing-in-nyc-heat-sparks-animal-abuse-outrage/ A horse that collapses in the NYC heat sparks outrage over ‘animal abuse’

Zack Zwiezen

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