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a review of the current regulations in the NYC Admin Code & the City Charter

The regulations that cover the temperature can be found in the NYC Administrative Code - Title 17 - Health; Subchapter 3 - Rental Horse Licensing and Protection Law. 17-330 Regulations - O. 2) Carriage horses shall not be worked whenever the air temperature is 90 degrees Fahrenheit or above.

Two very important things to keep in mind are that there is no consideration for humidity in the law - only temperature. The second is that the temperature is taken by the ASPCA Humane Law Officer using a special thermometer. This is the only temperature that counts. If the reading is 90 or above, the Officer must tell the drivers to return to their stables. If it is higher on the Weather Channel or NY1, it does not matter according to the law.

Please also keep in mind that the horses are not allowed to work under adverse weather conditions .. according to the NYC Administrative Code, 17-330 f. A more thorough definition of "adverse weather" is found in the NYC Charter, Rules & Regs of the City of NY - Title 24, Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene, Chapter 4. Health, Safety and Well-Being of Rental Horses. Adverse weather conditions shall include but not be restricted to snow, ice, heavy rain or other slippery conditions. Keep this in mind next time you see a horse out in a thunder storm.

How to make a complaint: If you see a horse out working in these weather conditions, call the ASPCA at 212-876-7700 - x 4450 (Humane Law) Provide the date, time, location and what you saw - This must include the license plate of the carriage, which is found on the back. It will also help if you provide a description of the horse - this is assuming you will not be close enough to get the horse's hoof number, which is engraved on the left front hoof.

If you see the horse working illegally in the Central Park South area, you should also call Council Member Dan Garodnick's office at 212-818-0580. If you see the horse working illegally in the Times Square area, call Speaker Christine Quinn's office at 212-564-7757.

NOTE: if anyone ever becomes aware of a noisy event in the area of Central Park South, please let us know. Last year, someone told us about the Plaza's 100 anniversary celebration, which was to have fireworks across the street from the horses. We made many phone calls and while they did not cancel the carriage horses, the street was closed and the horses were pulled off to the side. Because of these calls, we probably prevented some spooking accidents.

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