As the campaign against horse carriages on the streets of New York City gains ground, one carriage driver has been entirely banished from the industry for abusing his horse. Documents released today revealed that the Department of Consumer Affairs yanked the license of Saverio Colarusso, the carriage driver who was slammed for forcing his horse "Blondie" to work with an injured leg.
"Blondie" made headlines when it was found out that was made to walk for four days with a painful hoof disease, leading to the arrest of Colarusso. The case even attracted the attention of former "Blondie" singer Debbie Harry, who wrote a letter to the city council on the horse's behalf.
The horse carriage ban has been gaining momentum of late, but hasn't gone into place yet. Mayor Bill de Blasio has said that it should be in place by the end of this year.