NYPD officers help carriage horse who collapsed in Manhattan
The officers placed a pillow under 14-year-old Ryder’s head and also cooled him down with a hose
By Amanda Spence
NEW YORK — A carriage horse had a close call after it collapsed in Hell’s Kitchen on a Manhattan street Wednesday.
Bystanders captured videos of the horse, 14-year-old Ryder, lying motionless on the asphalt. Ryder was assisted by the New York Police Department’s Mounted Unit. The officers placed a pillow under Ryder’s head and also cooled him down with a hose, Fox 5 reported. Ryder was also given a shot of adrenaline to help with his recovery.
An equine veterinarian thought Ryder might have equine protozoal myeloencephalitis, which is a neurological disease from infected opossum fecal matter. The incident, according to the report, has renewed calls for a ban on horse-drawn carriages in the city.
In 2019, a law was passed that makes it illegal for horse-drawn carriages to operate when temperatures reach 90 degrees. Conditions at the time of Ryder’s collapse are unknown.
#BREAKING : Carriage horse passed out on 45th Street and 9th Avenue. NYPD responded with cooling the horse down with a hose and after some time it got up on its own power. It was taken away by the NYPD mounted unit. pic.twitter.com/Yaj5k0VS3T— LUKE2FREEDOM (@L2FTV) August 10, 2022
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