A Manhattan judge today ordered the NYPD to hand over records of its enforcement and oversight of the horse-carriage industry within 45 days.

“Delay is injustice,” Judge Shlomo Hagler warned Police Department attorney Justin Choi.

The ruling comes four months after the Animal Legal Defense Fund filed a lawsuit claiming the police have not performed their legal obligations to protect the horses because they have no records of enforcement and other oversight.

“We’re now moving in the right direction,” fund attorney Christopher Wlach told reporters outside court.

“The next step of the game is, will the NYPD follow the court’s order and produce the documents?” Wlach said.

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