MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A carriage horse injured in downtown Memphis has been euthanized.
The horse named Junior collapsed Friday night on North Main.
Uptown Carriage Company, the company who owned the horse, released a statement on the death:
"On behalf of Uptown Carriage Company and the carriage industry in Memphis, we are saddened to announce the loss of Junior, a young horse who joined our family a short couple of months ago. According to our Veterinarian who was contacted immediately, Junior without notice experienced extremely rare paralysis and went down. Upon arrival of our veterinarian it was recommended junior be euthanized. I would like to thank the city of Memphis Police Department for their extremely professional diligence in helping us deal with a sad situation."
Uptown Carriage Company told FOX13 Junior experienced extremely rare paralysis.
HORSE DOWN (Video): A carriage-lugging horse is put to rest after collapsing on N. Main. I look into regulations and hear from company at 6. pic.twitter.com/fEpwB9Xtnk— Tony Atkins (@TonyAtkinsFOX13) September 4, 2017
The vet recommended it was best for Junior if he would be euthanized.
David Henriksson, who is visiting from Sweden, told FOX13 horses shouldn't be in the streets, and especially in the Memphis heat.
“Obviously, it’s not natural for the horses walking around in this heat. Concrete and everything. Traffic, too.” Henriksson said. “It’s just not natural for them.”
Uptown Carriage Company told FOX13 Junior only joined their family a couple of months ago.
According to Sec. 6-32-43. - Conditions for horse-drawn carriages for hire, no animal shall be permitted to pull any carriage unless the animal is in good health.
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