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An overturned car. A fire on a sinking boat. Dozens of apartments ablaze.

These are just some of the 800 calls that Baltimore's bravest responded to on the Fourth of July.

At the intersection of Gold Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, a motor vehicle crash led to a partial building collapse, officials said.


Multiple apartment and dwelling fires were also reported to local fire agencies.

Some crews worked through the night to answer more than 800 emergency calls that were made by local residents, hundreds more than a typical day.

Calls weren't just limited to fire emergencies, including multiple reported crashes, overturned vehicles, and even a sinking boat that caught fire.

Not even Mother Nature cooperated with first responders, with a sinkhole forming in the 700 block of East North Avenue.

A normal day for Baltimore firefighters is only about 500 calls, according to a spokesperson from Baltimore Firefighters IAFF Local 734.

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Change Ad Consent Do not sell my data Advocates Call to Fast-Track Bill to Phase Out Horse Carriages After Yet Another Overworked NYC Horse Violently Collapses on Pavement

Groups in New York City are demanding emergency action by the city council to fast-track a bill to phase our horse carriages in the city after the latest horse collapse.

A horse violently collapsed on pavement this week and was beaten by its driver in Manhattan. It was an extremely hot day, and a video taken by a witness shows the driver hitting and whipping the horse with reins trying to get the animal to stand back up and keep working.

“Get up! Get up! Get up! C’mon, get up,” the driver yelled at the horse.

Source: NBC News/Youtube

The horse, named Ryder, fell on the pavement on 45th Street and 9th Avenue in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan. The horse was not able to get up for over an hour. The horse appeared to be in heat distress and dehydrated, and no veterinarian was present to give care.

Source: FOX 5 New York/Youtube

Onlookers in the area were outraged at the driver’s abuse of the exhausted animal. The police arrived and attempted to cool down the animal by spraying it with cold water before the horse was eventually able to get up.

“Yet another carriage horse has collapsed in distress on the hot pavement of New York City as onlookers express shock and horror while the animal is repeatedly beaten. This latest incident illustrates how insane it is to force these animals to pull heavy carriages in extreme heat in the busiest part of the busiest city in America. How many more horrific tragedies will it take to end carriage horse abuse in New York?” said Edita Birnkrant, NYCLASS Executive Director.

The group that represents horse carriage drivers said that the horse was examined and found to be suffering from a neurological disease but animal activists are not sure that is the truth. It would not be the first time a condition of an overworked animal was blamed on something other than exhaustion.

NYCLASS, PETA, and other groups are calling for an investigation into the incident and for an update on the horse’s condition from an independent veterinarian.

“In addition to offering immediate placement for the horse into a sanctuary and proper vet care, we are calling for an investigation into what led to this life-threatening incident, as well as an update on the condition of this horse. We are also calling on the City Council to take action and pass legislation to phase out carriage horses and replace them with a humane alternative. The world is watching and everyone can see that half measures are not working,” Birnkrant said. 

A bill is being introduced by Queens Democratic Councilman Robert Holden to finally replace horse-drawn carriages with electric ones by June 1, 2024. The legislation would give horse drivers preference for licenses to operate the new electric carriages. It also requires them to be paid prevailing or union wages set by the city comptroller.

Horse-drawn carriages and horse rides are not quaint and romantic! These poor horses are subject to walking for hours on end in sometimes extreme weather without adequate breaks. We need to work toward banning carriage rides and protecting these animals from being exploited!

If you are a resident of NYC, please make a call or email to your NYC council member and ask them to “sign on as a co-sponsor to Intro 573 to replace suffering, dying carriage horses with cruelty-free electric carriages.” NYCLASS says to make sure to tell them what district you live in, and the list of Council members can be found here.

NYCLASS says that if you don’t live in NYC, please call Council Speaker Adrienne Adams at 718-206-2068 or email at [email protected] and ask her to use her voice and power as the head of Council to “END horse abuse by supporting Intro 0573  to replace deadly horse carriages with cruelty-free electric carriages!”

While you’re at it, please sign this petition and tell New York that it’s time to end horse-drawn carriage rides.

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