Carriage Horse Breaks Free, 3 Injured

Three people were injured when a horse bolted away from its carriage and collided with a car in Columbus Circle Thursday.

An NYPD spokesperson says the horse got loose and ran into a parked car. It was eventually corralled and taken off the street. None of the injuries were serious.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the 6-year-old horse will be kept off the job while a veterinarian evaluates it.

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.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg weighed in on Friday morning during his weekly radio appearance on WOR. He didn't think it would be practical to take horses off the streets completely.

"As long as they area treated well, I think it’s something a lot of tourists really love. It makes New York New York," Bloomberg said. "We don’t’ ban bicycles — we certainly aren’t banning automobiles — every time there’s an accident so…I’m just glad nobody got seriously hurt and the horse is okay."


With the Associated Press