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Collapsed Horse Tied Up, Dragged, and Hoisted on Forklift (Warning: Disturbing Images)

Written by Michelle Kretzer | August 20, 2013

Like all horses who are forced to pull carriages, Jerry has to work in all weather extremes, including the scorching summers and the bitter winters of Salt Lake City. He hauls tourists through the busy, congested downtown streets, inhaling fumes and competing for road space with honking cars. Last weekend, while pulling tourists, he apparently succumbed to the 98-degree heat and collapsed. The heat radiating off the black asphalt on which he was pulling a carriage would have been far, far hotter than 98 degrees.

Jerry was too weak to stand, so his handlers tied ropes around his body and dragged him into a trailer.

They drove him to the stable, but he was still too weak to stand, so his handlers put straps around his limp body and hoisted him into the barn with a forklift.

Jerry’s owners said that he collapsed because he suffers from colic. We are doubtful and suspect heat exhaustion, although colic can be brought on or exacerbated by heat, dehydration, and stress—three factors that essentially define daily life for horses who are forced to pull carriages.

What You Can Do

PETA is once again calling on Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker to prevent tragedies like this one and support efforts to ban horse-drawn carriages on city streets. More regulations on this practice won’t solve the problem. Regulations can’t reshape Salt Lake City’s densely urban environment, and they can’t change the fact that horses are extremely sensitive to loud noises. Contact Mayor Becker and let him know that you oppose forcing horses to pull carriages.

Please support PETA’s ‘Free the Horses’ campaign! We are aiming to raise $40,000 to expose the ugly truth about horse drawn carriages. We have until September 24. All we need is you! 

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  • Lenne says:

    RALPH: WHAT HAPPEN TO JERRY? YOUR THE MAJOR. HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE JERRY! AS THE MAJOR YOU NEED TO SET AN EXAMPLE. WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CITY MORALS? THIS IS CRIMINAL!!!

  • Cynthia Brooks-Fetty says:

    This cruel, inhumane industry must be stopped. Are we not better than this? It is not fun or romantic… It is abuse and torture to the horses.

  • Cynthia Brooks-Fetty says:

    This cruel, inhumane industry must be stopped across the whole country. Are we not better than this? It is not fun or romantic… it is abuse and torture.

  • bernal elisabeth says:

    J’espère que Monsieur le maire Becker aime les animaux et qu’il fera en sorte que de telles situations ne se reproduiront plus !

  • Barbara Gooding says:

    This is an outrage and must be stopped! Are we a civilized nation or a third world nation????

  • Dana says:

    I am absolutely shocked !!!I thought Salt Lake City was a very religious and conservative place……SHAME…..

  • Cynthia Fain says:

    This incident needs to be properly investigated. This poor carriage horse was possibly over worked in extreme heat and therefore collapsed. This appears to be a serious case of animal cruelty and neglect. I completely oppose these carriage horses that work on dangerous streets. Please take immediate measures to end the use of carriage horses on your streets. And please investigate exactly what caused this poor animal to collapse!!

  • Francoise Phipps says:

    A most noble creature eradicated in the wild – apparently to fill our stomachs – and treated like a disposable commodity in our cities …

  • Claude Stren says:

    Such cruel practises should not be tolerated. Forcing horses to pull carriages though dense traffic is cruel. Please put a stop to it

  • Erica T says:

    How can you allow this torture to continue. You allowed a LIVING suffering animal to be dragged into a truck on your streets. WTF is the matter with you!!! Why to call a vet ad get this animal the medical attention that he needed. What if one of your policemen passed out because of exhaustion, what would you have done then! The solution is to ban carriage rides. These poor gentle horses are enslaved all for the sake of carting around some lazy people, Abolish Slavery!!!!

  • LTren says:

    This is disgusting. There is just no thought or respect for this poor creature

  • Donna Thornton says:

    Cruelty to these voiceless and choiceless beautiful creatures for the almighty dollar is SICKENING!!! This is not the dark ages……find another way to cart the tourists around, they’ll still pay for it!!!!!!!

  • Kathryn Dalenberg says:

    Hello Mayor of Salt Lake! This is the 21st century. Motor vehicles have been invented to replace horses & carriages. I invite you to join modern day society and remove horses and carriages from SLK city streets.

  • Narda A. Kramer says:

    Shame on all involved in this cruelty – I will not visit your city. That horse has more intelligence, loyalty and love than all of those who are responsible for his fate.

  • Frank Gordon says:

    I yelled at a carriage driver here in New Orleans – he was trying to back up and make a sharp turn and nearly pulled the mule down. I wish they would ban this practice nation-wide. We fat, lazy Americans should be walking more anyway.

  • Cat Cassidy says:

    Animal neglect and cruelty are criminal acts, and the perpetrators should be prosecuted as criminals.

  • Ryn Rupprecht says:

    What is wrong with people? It is horrendous how people care more about making a buck than caring about an animals welfare. Shame, shame. Please do something for the animals who cannot defend themselves from this cruelty – PLEASE.

  • luis fernando torres h p dod santos says:

    Very cruellity!

  • Wendy says:

    All these people around this horse need to be subject to the animal cruelty charge. This poor horse has been exploited so bad by these people for money. He is worked to death with his skins all torn.

  • Veronica Falcon Gomez says:

    Please no more working animals

  • Todd brown says:

    Please help mayor as people and living animals we need u to protect us from harm. Im sure ur a great person and this touches your heart as well. Please help!

  • sharon says:

    what is going on in this world. do people not have any morals. take these people to jail and throw away the key.

  • Jrzygrl says:

    Thats terrible, i wonder what happened to him , poor horse. I see the bloody gashes in his legs. How that happen? Its all crulty to me.

  • Ann Wilson says:

    How dare you treat that beautiful creature like that, shame on you.

  • Laura says:

    Can we hold the owners responsible for some sort of violation here? There should be some sort of law that protects the horses from heat exhaustion, no?! We should work on this

  • Sue M. says:

    That is sickening and wrong on so many levels. Ban horse-drawn carriages…

  • Suzanne fratus says:

    I saw the same thing happen in Rome . People’s are just out for the ride never thinking the animal is suffering. Just to please there tired legs…. They make the horse suffer.

  • Kathy deleon says:

    This is ridiculous…Please put a stop to this….why should these animals have to suffer? STOP THIS!

  • ARCELIA says:

    TERRIBLE NOTICIA. NO PUEDE SEGUIR PASANDO ESTO!

  • Sue Straka says:

    this is outrageous and appalling!!! no one needs to have a horse drawn carriage ride in any city!

  • Susan Siebler says:

    It’s time to stop this.

  • Carolina Herrera says:

    Basta yaaaa de tanto maltrato a los animales

  • Julie says:

    No animal should be treated like this.

  • Jill Mortimer says:

    This is disgusting and barbaric treatment of animals. I sincerely hope that PETA WILL prosecute these people.

  • Celia Valada says:

    Please inform outcome of Jerrys situation.

  • Aleea Toledo says:

    Please help to end the needless suffering of horses. Please put an and to horse drawn carriages.

  • Linda Mireault says:

    Forcing horses to pull carriage and only should be banish forever. The heat coming from the black asphalt is a killer for horses and not suitable for them. Horses should be on a land whith grass. This story makes me sad!

  • Nicki says:

    This is absolutely horrific – this cruelty should be stopped immediately and huge penalties imposed on anyone involved with this barbarism.

  • linda says:

    so what happened to Jerry??!! This is horrible and sad =( Please treat all animals with kindness. Jerry gets nothing from dragging around carriages. Humans are the most greedy evil animals around.

  • David King says:

    Horses having to pull carriages on a tarmac road in heat of 40deg upwards is unimaginably cruel and should not be legally permitted in any civilised town.

  • Maibrit Nielsen says:

    I feel so disgusted about how people use and abuse animals. Hope this poor horse is doing better and has someone with a good heart to speak for him.

  • Vanessa says:

    This is disgusting and needs to stop.’definately will not visit this City until this is no longer allowed!

  • koichi says:

    I LOVE ANIMALS.

  • sheila espinosa says:

    This is horrible animal abuse that should be banned.

  • CLAIRE CORRIGAN says:

    DONT ALLOW THE TORTURE OF ANIMALS FOR TOURISM

  • Desiree Kisslburg says:

    I support efforts to ban horse-drawn carriages on city streets. More regulations on this practice won’t solve the problem. Regulations can’t reshape Salt Lake City’s densely urban environment, and they can’t change the fact that horses are extremely sensitive to loud noises. I oppose forcing horses to pull carriages

  • Desiree Kisselburg says:

    Mayor Ralph Becker please prevent tragedies like this one and support efforts to ban horse-drawn carriages on city streets. More regulations on this practice won’t solve the problem. Regulations can’t reshape Salt Lake City’s densely urban environment, and they can’t change the fact that horses are extremely sensitive to loud noises. I oppose forcing horses to pull carriages.

  • Iris Bauch says:

    Please stop horse-drawn carriages.

  • Erika says:

    This is heartbreking! Stop this!

  • Aaisha says:

    poor horse!

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