Louisiana SPCA Probes Cart Horse Death

Animal welfare authorities in Louisiana are investigating the collapse and death of a horse hitched to a cart on a New Orleans street last week.

Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) spokeswoman Katherine LeBlanc said that on Dec. 18 the horse belonging to a private owner was pulling a cart on Bourbon Street when it collapsed.

"The horse passed out," LeBlanc said. "It was revived then died."

The horse was transported to Louisiana State University for necropsy, she said.

The horse was one of three animals, all hitched to carts, near the same Bourbon Street location, LeBlanc said. None of the other horses were injured.

"None of the horses--including the one that died--showed obvious signs of abuse; however, an investigation involving the horses and their owner is under way, LeBlanc said.

Le Blanc declined to disclose the owner's name pending the ongoing investigation.

"All we can say is that neither the horses nor the carts belonged to any city agency or were transporting tourists," LeBlanc said.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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