Candlelight vigil marks anniversary of carriage horse’s death

A candlelight vigil was held in New York last week to mark the first anniversary of the death of carriage horse Charlie, who who collapsed and died on W. 54th St. on his way to work.

A sign in honour of Charlie.
A sign in honour of Charlie. © Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages

The vigil, on October 23, gave those present a chance to remember Charlie and other horses in the carriage trade. Those protesting the carriage trade in New York were present with placards.

After his death Charlie was found to have an ulcer and fractured tooth.

Charlie was a 15-year-old Percheron cross gelding.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), which has oversight of the carriage horses, took his body for a necropsy at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.



4 thoughts on “Candlelight vigil marks anniversary of carriage horse’s death

  • October 31, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    There have been three carriage horses that have died as a result of collisions with traffic in the past 30 (that’s THIRTY) years: Chester (1985), Tony (1990) and Spotty (2006). There have been roughly a half dozen other carriage horses who have died while at work in the past 30 (that’s THIRTY) years – most notably Charlie in October 2011, Smoothie in 2007 (from head trauma and shock after spooking into a tree due to a snare drum), Juliet in 2007 (colic), Jackie in 1999 (electrocution thanks to ConEd and stray voltage).

    I am in no way minimizing the death of any horse, but this is a remarkable record. There is no other riding discipline that can come close to this safety record.

  • October 31, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    But, you don’t disclose what was found at the necropsy….


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