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New Yorkers Are Protesting After Pictures Of A Collapsed Carriage Horse Are Released

We're glad to know New Yorkers have Norman the horse's back.

New Yorkers are rallying together in support of a horse that’s been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Little Things.com says a Long Island man named Bogdan Paul Angheluta was recently leaving a nightclub around 2 a.m. when he saw a carriage driver “encourage” his horse to make it through a green light before it changed. Unable to maintain the pace, the horse collapsed. A subsequent statement from the city carriage industry and a vet investigation concluded 14-year-old Norman tripped, and Norman is OK, according to the LT article.

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Angheluta says Norman remained on the ground for 20 minutes before getting back on his feet with human assistance. He sent his photos to an animal welfare group called NY CLASS. They then contacted the NYPD.

NY CLASS has set up a protest for late this afternoon (5:00pm – 7:00pm ET) at Gracie Mansion, 180 E End Avenue, the official residence of Mayor Bill de Blasio. This is their official statement, and you can sign their petition here.

At 2AM on Labor Day weekend, a 14-year-old carriage horse, Norman, COLLAPSED in the middle of the street. Mayor de Blasio has said nothing about the injured horse, nor done anything to help these gentle giants, despite claiming that he’s an advocate for animals. His excuses for lack of action are lamer than an overworked carriage horse. We are calling on city officials to allow an independent veterinarian to examine the horse, and calling on Mayor de Blasio to stop with the same old empty rhetoric and keep his promise to protect these horses.

This is Christina Hansen of Clinton Park Stables. In the NY Post, she said “He didn’t collapse, he tripped himself. He’s kind of a klutz.”

Personally, this is a difficult story to read for anyone who loves animals- myself included. Horses have long been used for pulling carriage rides in New York City and other metro areas. While some may think the practice is “quaint,” others feel that the animals deserve a better life than laboring under frequently hostile conditions (Manhattan traffic, for example) .

It’s a credit to New Yorkers that they’re planning to take a stand to support a horse who probably works harder than he needs to at his age.