Carriage Horse Needlessly Suffered Before It Died

11.01.11 Bucky Turco

As if things couldn’t get any more depressing surrounding the death of Charlie, a 15-year-old carriage horse that suddenly died on a Manhattan street it should never have been forced to trot on in the first place, the ASPCA issued a statement, saying the equine was “suffering from pain due to pronounced chronic ulceration of the stomach and a fractured tooth.” UPDATE: There’s no evidence that Charlie suffered from pain and the doctor who made this claim was suspended.


According to the organization, which is no fan of the city’s hansom cabs, a necropsy is being done at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine to determine the exact cause of death.

Last week, Mayor Bloomberg expressed his sentiments about a proposed ban on the torturous industry, arguing that these horses are lucky humans allow them to agonize for the benefit of tourists: “Most of them probably wouldn’t be alive if they didn’t have a job.”

What a shame that this guy can’t run for a fourth term.