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Houston Carriage Horse Rescued from Storm Drain

From Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages

A horse was rescued after getting caught in a storm drain and falling in the middle of downtown Houston on July 23, 2010, as reported  by KPRC Local 2 TV. Police said Dolly, the mare, somehow got her hind legs trapped in the drain, fell and flipped her carriage over on Prairie at Travis. Witnesses said her driver had tied Dolly to a pole and went in to grab a slice of pizza when the accident happened. Police and a wrecker driver sedated Dolly, poured oil on her hooves and finally had to break up the metal plates to free her. Dolly was taken to the SPCA and is said to be walking on her own.

Her irresponsible driver left her to get a slice of pizza. We see this all the time in New York City. In 2007, Smoothie, a young mare, was tied up on Central Park South and was spooked by a loud noise. Her driver was not near her, he was most likely off talking with his friends. Smoothie panicked and pulled away from her post only to crash into a tree. She dropped dead on the spot. If her driver had been paying attention, it is possible he could have immediately calmed her when he saw her going into a spook.

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