LCA's Undercover Video Reveals Disturbing Footage of NYC Carriage Horse Industry
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Last Chance for Animals (LCA)
November 2015


Last Chance for Animals investigated the New York City carriage horse industry and exposed routine violations of the laws and regulations that protect both horses and people. The undercover video, narrated by Emmy award-winning actress Edie Falco, reveals carriage horses operating in dangerous traffic conditions, deprived of access to water, and forced to work while injured.

Watch Edie Falco narrate LCA video here, watch LCA's B-Roll video here.

NYC carriage horse

During his 2013 election campaign, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged to finally end the cruel carriage horse industry. Intro 573, a proposed ban on horse-drawn carriages, was introduced in December 2014, but New York City Council has yet to vote on the bill and Mayor de Blasio has given up the fight. Now, it’s up to the public to pressure the mayor and council members to pass the carriage ban.


  • If you live in New York City, CLICK HERE to find your council member and let them know that you vote, and you will not tolerate horse-drawn carriages.
  • Wherever you live, CLICK HERE to contact New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and urge him to keep pushing for the ban.
  • Spread the word! Share this page on social media to educate the public on New York’s cruel and dangerous carriage horse industry.


NYC carriage horse

NYC carriage horse

LCA’s undercover footage reveals:

  • Drivers making U-turns the wrong way down one-way streets and running red lights
  • Horses left unattended and untethered on the “hack line” surrounding Central Park – even while small children are present
  • Horses tethered on short leads in their stalls at night, preventing them from reaching food and water and/or lying down
  • One driver refusing to let his horse access water during a ride when the city temperature was above 80 degrees
  • One horse who was limping forced to pull his carriage back to the stables, then put back to work without veterinary examination

LCA has filed complaints with the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene, Department of Transportation, Department of Consumer Affairs and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, all of which are responsible for enforcing New York City's carriage horse laws and regulations.

Dr. Holly Cheever, DVM and Vice President of the New York State Humane Association, reviewed the investigation video and concluded, “LCA’s analysis of New York’s carriage horse trade as detailed in its petition is completely accurate in its discussion of the hazards, cruelty, and the many violations of NYC Codes and Rules. Given the overall condition of the animals, quality of the ancient stabling, and hazards of their urban lives makes this tourist industry inherently cruel, in my professional opinion.”

Carriage Horse Injuries and Fatalities

Since 2009, there have been over 30 documented incidents of horse carriage-related accidents in New York City, including serious injuries sustained by drivers, horses, customers, and passers-by. These include a child falling out of a carriage and run over by the wheel, a horse collapsing and dying in the street, and numerous cases of carriage drivers fleeing the scenes of accidents. Many of these drivers are never identified, and thus never held accountable.

In St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2007, five-year-old Valeriya Kolodyazhnaya – the daughter of the mayor of Sochi – was killed in a horrific horse-drawn carriage accident. A car collided with the carriage, causing Valeriya to fall onto the road; she was admitted to the hospital with severe injuries, and later died.

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