Bloomberg On Carriage Horses: 'Some die on the streets' - NYCLASS

Bloomberg On Carriage Horses: 'Some die on the streets'

Mayor Michael Bloomberg showed little empathy this morning for Charlie, the draft horse that dropped dead in the middle of a Midtown street.

1 November 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg showed little empathy this morning for Charlie, the draft horse that dropped dead in the middle of a Midtown street.

“Like everyone, eventually they die,” Bloomberg said. “Some die on the streets.”

Results from a necropsy for the horse were released today, showing that he had a painful stomach ulcer and fractured tooth.

“Charlie was not healthy for a career in an urban carriage horse business,” according to a statement from the ASPCA.  

He had been trotting around the city only for a few weeks when he died and was about 15 years old.

The Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages called again on the city to stop allowing horses on city streets. 

But Bloomberg has said in the past that the city and horses need each other.

“Most of them probably wouldn’t be alive if they didn’t have a job,” he told reporters last month after Charlie died.

By Alison Bowen
Metro
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