Carriage horse breaks free in midtown Manhattan - NYCLASS

Carriage horse breaks free in midtown Manhattan

NEW YORK — An incident with a carriage horse has sent the animal bolting away from its carriage on the streets of midtown Manhattan.

16 August 2012

NEW YORK — An incident with a carriage horse has sent the animal bolting away from its carriage on the streets of midtown Manhattan.

The Fire Department received a report of a horse colliding with a passenger car Thursday afternoon near Columbus Circle. Fire officials say one person was taken to the hospital. Police say there were no serious injuries.

Police say the horse was corralled and taken off the street.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spokesman Joe Pentangelo says the 6-year-old horse will be kept off the job until it's cleared by a veterinarian.

For years, some animal welfare advocates have been pushing for a ban on horse-drawn carriages, saying the city's busy streets are no place for the animals. But carriage owners disagree.

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