(KMOV) – St. Louis Health Director Pamela Walker is trying to ban horse carriages in downtown St. Louis after she said she saw a horse having a heat stroke near the City Museum Saturday night.
Walker says carriage operators are not allowed to work the horses before 7:00 p.m. on hot days, but says records proved the horse that was having the heat stroke was overworked.
“At this point, I’m going to recommend we ban horse carriages in the city,” Walker said. “It’s not necessary.”
The owner of the horses, Jerry Kirk, says they are bred for this kind of work. Kirk says he doesn’t believe the city has proper protocols in place to protect the animals.
"If it's too hot, if there is a heat advisory or above a set temperature, the horses don't go out until after 7:00 p.m.," Kirk said.
The report from the city vet on the horses examined on Sunday is expected to be released Monday.