“This incident further reinforces the need for an end to carriage horse operations in the city…”
A carriage horse driver with a checkered history was charged on Friday with animal cruelty after a police officer observed him working a horse that was visibly injured, according to court documents.
The officer, Brian Coll, was on patrol in Central Park shortly before midnight on Wednesday when he noticed a horse struggling to pull the weight of the carriage to which it was yoked.
He questioned the driver, Saverio Colarusso, and learned that the horse, Blondie, had been hurt for four days, according to court documents.
Despite the injury, Mr. Colarusso had worked Blondie for five hours that day, Officer Coll testified in the complaint.
He then summoned Sgt. Raymond Aviles, a mounted police officer with training in dealing with horses.
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