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Spectators watch with dismay as carriage driver whips horse after it imploded on NYC road

Spectators watch with dismay as carriage driver whips horse after it imploded on NYC road

Spectators watch with dismay as carriage driver whips horse after it imploded on NYC road

A depleted carriage horse fell during the night busy time in Manhattan on Wednesday — lying on the black-top while his driver over and over struck him and requested him to

“get up.”

The creature’s knees lock in video film as the driver yanks the reins and slaps the pony trying to make it stand on ninth Avenue and West 45th Street in Hell’s Kitchen.

“Get up! Get up! Get up! Hey now, get up,”

the baffled driver told as traffic upheld on the bustling road around 5 p.m.

Spectators were upset by the beating.

“Consider the possibility that I slapped you around like that, brother?”

one concerned observer inquired.

“Quit slapping him,”

another lady was heard arguing.

“I’m attempting to get him up, okay,”

the driver said, as he whipped the pony with the reins two times.

The despondent pony then, at that point, set down its ally and laid his head in the city as the driver eliminated his carriage with the assistance of a passerby.

A gathering of cops then showed up and were recorded soaking the pony with water, at long last getting him on his feet after over 60 minutes, as per video and witnesses.

The NYPD's mounted unit arrived on the scene to revive the animal.
The NYPD’s mounted unit arrived to revive and hydrate the horse.

The NYPD’s mounted unit then transported the animal to an unknown location for treatment, according to police.

The incident horrified witnesses and advocates and came after a brutal extended heat wave that finally broke Wednesday.

“I saw the horse collapse. He obviously was malnourished, dehydrated, hungry. The guy started whipping his horse and telling him to get back up instead of giving him water,”

Uber Eats driver Kelvin Gonzalez, 25, told The Post.

“I told him, ‘Yo, stop whipping him, give him some water. That’s a horse, not a machine.’

“It’s really sad, man. You can tell that horse was not taken care of. You can tell he was exploiting that horse. The horse was hungry, he was thirsty. You can tell the horse collapsed from the thirst.”

The horse

“tried to get up like 10 times and it kept collapsing,” before police put “adrenaline up his butt,”

Gonzalez said.

Cops tried to revive the horse with water and adrenaline.
The horse tried to stand up multiple times to no avail, witnesses said.

“He knocked the water down because he was so disoriented. He was out of it. He licked the water off the floor because he was so thirsty. The [driver] didn’t care. He didn’t care. He just wanted to get his horse back up so he can make more money,”

the witness alleged.

Another witness told The Post the horse was bleeding from the knee and a tourist on the scene said she believed the horse had suffered from heat exhaustion.

“I told them they shouldn’t try to force the horse up. It’s just like a person you wait and make sure they get over it,”

said Cathy Garfield, 75, who noted that she had grown up with horses.

The horse finally stands up, assisted by police.
After about ten tries and a shot of adrenaline, the animal was back on its hooves, as onlookers cheered.

“He was afraid to take the bridle off the horse because he was afraid he wouldn’t control it once it got up. He didn’t know a thing about horses,”

she said about the driver.

“It tried to drink water but still had the bit in its mouth. I was able to convince the driver to remove the bit from the bridle. It had been trying to drink water. It’s hard when you have a big piece of metal in your mouth,”

she said.

Advocates said the animal had been passed out on 9th Avenue for over an hour with no veterinary care.

“How many more incidents like this do we need? This is clearly animal abuse and it must be stopped,”

said New Yorkers for Clean, Livable, and Safe Streets Executive Director Edita Birnkrant in a statement.

Nathan Semmel, 52, advocate for Voters for Animal Rights, agreed with NYCLASS that city lawmakers should replace horse-drawn carriages with electronic vehicles, a proposal currently being considered in the City Council.

“It’s time that we replace horses with modern technology,”

he told The Post.

“The city can provide better benefits to the drivers and protect the horses. These horses have been suffering for years. There is nothing romantic about seeing a horse fighting for his life laying on the ground.”

If passed, the new measure would give horse drivers preferences for electric carriage licensure and require they be paid union wages.The fight against commercial carriage rides in Central Park and Midtown had accelerated in recent years and months after footage of horses collapsing and running into cars went viral.

Drivers are represented by the powerful Transport Workers Union, which said the horse was sick in a statement to The Post about the Hell’s Kitchen horror show.

“We thank everyone for their concern about Ryder, one of the beloved Central Park carriage horses,”

Tony Utano, President of Transport Workers Union Local 100 said.

“The veterinarian believes Ryder has EPM, a neurological disease caused by possum droppings. This is another example why people shouldn’t rush to judgement about our horses or the blue-collar men and women who choose to work with them and care for them,”

Utano added.

Christina Hansen, a carriage driver and union shop steward, said the horse was “a danger to itself” on the ground.

“They can thrash and hurt themselves and the longer they are down the more their weight on their limbs makes it harder for them to get up, and can actually cut off circulation to their limbs and gut. These are animals that weigh 1600 to 1800 pounds,” she told The Post.

Mayor Eric Adams, who was endorsed by the TWU, has said he does not support a carriage ban but is open to discussing the issue.

Former Mayor Bill de Blasio was an outspoken critic of the industry but his multiple attempts to enact a citywide ban on carriage horses during his two terms were halted by political opponents concerned with protecting the industry’s 200 jobs.

His predecessor, Mike Bloomberg, was an unabashed fan of the tourist-friendly business who fended off neigh-sayers that claimed the industry is abusive.

Proponents of the hansom cab rides maintain the horses are healthy and well taken care of.

“New York City can and must lead. The world is watching,”

Birnkrant said.

 

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