A little over a year after the death of a horse named Jerry, who collapsed while pulling a carriage through the streets of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah on a hot August afternoon, the company which owned him has announced that it will be shutting down for good.
Carriage For Hire, which offered horse-driven tours around town and for special events, was the last horse-drawn carriage business left in the city. It's closure effectively brings the industry there to an end.
A statewide debate about carriage rides was sparked last year when footage appeared online showing 13-year-old Jerry sprawled on the roadside, too exhausted to stand. Although Carriage For Hire initially denied claims that he was sick, it was later revealed that the horse died not long after.
Carriage For Hire contended that their 17 horses were well-cared for and that cholic, a common disease in horses, was to blame for Jerry's death, not exhaustion. But that explanation did little to quell larger criticisms of using horses on the city's streets.