On March 4, the Daily News reported that Martha Stewart asked the Administration to look into this death: Said Ms. Stewart:
"The investigation needs to be independent, using a veterinarian who isn't paid by the horse carriage industry. We need to know the truth about how Tickles was treated and if he received the proper care before and after his injury."
Using the Freedom of Information Law, I requested information from the Department of Health (DoH) about Tickles. The information received-although it was supposed to be "everything"-raised more questions than it provided answers.
Tickles was estimated to be 18 years old with a nominal birth date of 1/1/97. It is nominal because horses like Tickles are not "important" enough to have papers with an exact birth date. It is only an estimate.
According to the available records, Tickles came into the New York City carriage trade when he was about 12 years old.
This "beloved" horse was owned by Finbar Flood, who called him Barney - ID #3431 - and then sold him to Dina Tornabene on 2/21/11 for $600. The horse's name was changed to Tickles and his new engraved hoof number became #3680.