NYPD Chase Horse Through City (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A carriage horse escaped on Sunday morning in New York City and was pursued by the NYPD.

The animal rights group NYCLASS posted a video (below) of the slow-speed chase on YouTube and a link to their online petition to ban horse-drawn carriages in the city.

Police eventually caught the horse, but NYCLASS are upset because they don't know exactly how the officers caught the horse and whether or not the animal was examined by a vet.

“It was being bathed outside the stable and the horse broke free,” Allie Feldman, Executive Director of NYCLASS, told the New York Post. “It was quite cold and windy and they should not have been out getting bathed at that hour. It’s concerning to us and it’s not good for them.”

“[Horses] get frisky when it’s cool and they spook more easily and bolt. It might have freaked out and run away,” added Feldman.

“This is the latest example of why horse-drawn carriages are not just inhumane, but entirely unsafe in a city congested with cars, trucks and buses,” stated Feldman. “It’s time for the City Council to act and get the carriage horses off the street of New York City.”

According to The Gothamist, Stephen Malone, a spokesperson for the horse-drawn carriage industry, said in a statement: "The horse is fine and back at work today. We thank the NYPD for its assistance in corralling the horse."

A spokesperson for the Teamsters claimed the horse was not being bathed when it broke loose.

Sources: The Gothamist, New York Post