Just days after a very disturbing horse carriage accident grabbed headlines in New York City, news broke that a NYC carriage driver allegedly altered a hoof brand on his unhealthy 22-year-old draft horse -- misidentifying him as a healthier horse nearly half its age. The details of the case were obtained a Freedom of Information request filed by the Associated Press, which says:
Frank Luo branded the wrong hoof identification number on an aging horse named Ceasar, who was supposed to be resting on a Pennsylvania farm, so he could work under a license issued to a 12-year-old horse named Carsen, city health officials said in an administrative order last month.
According to officials, a city vet noticed in January that though the horse had Carsen's ID number on his hoof, his "physical characteristics and medical condition was that of the older horse." Even worse, Caesar, the older horse, suffered from a condition called "heaves," which is similar to asthma.
Luo denies the allegations. But when pressed for veterinary documents, Luo quickly shipped the horse to Pennsylvania and sold him, saying that he couldn't afford to have the horse sitting idle.