ASPCA, NY-CLASS Reaffirm Offer to Find Homes for Carriage Horses Threatened by Closing of Shamrock Stables

June 4, 2010

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and NYCLASS (New Yorkers for Clean, Livable & Safe Streets) issued a statement from ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres and NY-CLASS Executive Director Laura Eldridge reaffirming the groups’ offer to find homes for New York City carriage horses threatened by the imminent closing of Shamrock Stables in Manhattan:

“On Monday, June 7, Shamrock Stables in Manhattan officially closes and the fate of the New York City carriage horses remains in the balance. The ASPCA and NY-CLASS reaffirm our offer and commitment to finding suitable homes for these horses. Our primary concern is their welfare, and we stand ready to work with the City and other organizations that share our purpose to place these horses in environments where they will receive humane treatment.”

On May 20, both organizations made an offer to Shamrock Stables and the City of New York to find homes for these horses by taking them off the streets and placing them in environments that would take into account their welfare and prevent them from being auctioned off to work farms or elsewhere where exploitation and inhumane treatment, or slaughter, is likely.

“We have also made our offer to the City’s Department of Health and Office of the Mayor, and we hope it is under consideration,” said Mr. Sayres and Ms. Eldridge. “We reaffirm our offer and stand ready to cooperate with Shamrock Stables and the City on this important issue.”