A new video released by anti-carriage group New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets (NYCLASS) shows a horse running wild through the streets of Manhattan.
The animal – later identified as Barney – reportedly broke free from its handler during a “too-cold” outdoor bath and was spotted being chased by two NYPD cars along 11th Avenue near West 37th Street around 8:30 a.m.
Near the end of the 18-second clip, the cop cars attempt to box in the horse against a building.
Barney’s owners told PIX 11 that the horse was not injured and was able to work a full day on Monday.
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The video prompted criticism from animal-rights activists, who are now asking New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to work on the legislation he promised to introduce during his campaign to ban carriage horses from the city.
"This is the latest example of why horse drawn carriages are not just inhumane but entirely unsafe in a city congested with cars, trucks and buses,” Allie Feldman, executive director of NYCLASS, said in a statement.
“It's time for the City Council to act and get the carriage horses off the streets of New York City."