Animal rights activists lobbied City Council members who are undecided on banning horse carriages in New York City, and NYCLASS brought with them a tourist from Oklahoma who took pictures of a carriage horse who fell on Fifth Avenue last week.
Stefanie Sinclair and her boyfriend Roger Curlik say the horse Spartacus was mistreated by the carriage drivers after falling. Sinclair says she rode horses growing up.
But the carriage drivers say a fallen horse should not be allowed to stand immediately. It needs to be removed from the harness first.
Spartacus was not injured, and the next day got a clean bill of health from a veterinarian. A director from the New York State Horse Council says the carriage drivers followed proper procedure not to cut the horse free.