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ASPCA Responds to Carriage Horse Tragedy in Midtown Manhattan

Horse collapses and dies en route to Central Park
October 23, 2011

NEW YORK--The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) issued the following response today after a carriage horse collapsed and died en route to Central Park in Midtown Manhattan:

"The ASPCA was made aware of an incident this morning during which a carriage horse heading to Central Park collapsed and died on the street," said Stacy Wolf, vice president & chief legal counsel of ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement.

"At present, the findings are inconclusive, but the ASPCA is investigating the cause of death. The horse is in the ASPCA's custody and is being transported to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine for a necropsy. We at the ASPCA express our sadness and concern at this tragic incident. The life of a carriage horse on New York City streets is extremely difficult and life threatening, and the ASPCA has long believed that carriage horses were never meant to live and work in today's urban setting."