Necropsy Reveals Louisiana Cart Horse was Not Maltreated

A horse that collapsed and died on a street in New Orleans' French Quarter on Dec. 18 was not maltreated before its death according to results of a necropsy performed on the animal.

The 10-year-old Draft horse belonging to a private owner was pulling a cart on Bourbon Street when it collapsed and died. The animal was transported to Louisiana State University for necropsy.

"Initial results revealed that the horse was not abused, malnourished, or mistreated," said Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA) spokeswoman Katherine LeBlanc. "The horse did not show signs of being overworked."

New Orleans-based veterinarian Allison Barca, DVM, reviewed the initial necropsy results and concurred that no signs of abuse or overworking were present in the horse, LeBlanc said.

The horse was one of three animals--all belonging to the same owner--hitched to carts near the same Bourbon Street location at the time of the incident. A subsequent LA/SPCA investigation into the death and the treatment of other horses revealed that the other animals are kept in good condition, LeBlanc said. The agency is working with other animal welfare authorities to ensure the owner's remaining animals continue to receive appropriate care, 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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