Dead horse replica brought to protest carriage driver

NYC horse carriage protesters with dead horse figure

From: New York Post
By: Rebecca Rosenberg

NYC horse carriage protesters with dead horse figure

PETA demonstrators showed up outside court with a fake horse.
Photo: Steven Hirsch

​Protesters placed a lifesize foam replica of a dead horse outside Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday ​to protest ​the district attorney’s offer of ​community service​ ​ ​to a carriage operator​ accused of working his horse when she was limping from a badly infected leg.

PETA and NYGLASS organized the rally against carriage operator Saverio Colarusso — who would also have to ​agree never to work with animals again as part of the plea deal. He was busted Dec​. 18 for allegedly forcing his horse, ​Blondie,​ to work five hours straight despite a sore that had caused her to hobble u​​nsteadily for four days, according to court papers.

About 18 protesters stood in front of the prone brown ​prop ​horse, holding signs that blasted Colarusso, 52, as an animal abuser.

Passersby gawked at the “Mister Ed” lookalike sprawled across the pavement on its side with its eyes closed.

“It’s time to replace the horsedrawn carriage with eco-friendly classic electric cars,” said PETA coordinator Ashley Byrne. “No amount of regulation can protect carriage horses from their cruel, corrupt drivers.”

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Callie1983

    The Carriage Industry is populated by 99% slackers whom are unable to secure better employment. This makes working with animals a prime motivator and leads to abuse. They are a Cancer attached to the horses.

    June 16, 2014
  • Amy

    Was it just me or did anybody else not understand what happened to Blondie? Did she die or did they get help for her? 🙁

    June 16, 2014
  • Maggie Frazier

    Look at the older stories. Blondie had THRUSH – a FOOT problem. If thats all that was wrong with her – it could have been easily treated with Clorox & making sure the bedding in her stall was kept clean! If she was lame from it, apparently it wasnt treated. But thrush isnt “an injury to a leg”! As with any problem with the carriage horses it gets blown out of proportion. BUT if this guy didnt even make an attempt to treat it????

    June 17, 2014
    • Callie1983

      Indeed, however, we don’t use bleach. Thrush is fungus like Athlete’s foot and can be treated with a cream which is applied after a soak in warm water and Cider Vinegar. Some horses get thrust at certain times of the year and also if it is very wet. I have found that Bleach is not good for any part of a horse, as it is not good for any part of a person. 🙂

      June 17, 2014