ST. LOUIS - The horse-drawn carriage industry in St. Louis is under attack, and the city's health director wants to ban the rides.
St. Louis Carriage Company is one of two businesses that offers carriage rides downtown. The other is Brookdale Farms. Both businesses used to be regulated by the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission.
Recently it was learned the MTC shouldn't have jurisdiction over the carriages. So, right now the companies are basically on their own to enforce rules and safety procedures.
The owner of St. Louis Carriage Company tells NewsChannel 5 his crews stick to the rules set by the commission. Horses can go out as long as the heat index isn't 107 or higher, and he says he understands the scrutiny his industry is under.
"If the owners aren't willing to regulate themselves then the public will do it for you. And that's just what happened, which, maybe that's the best way to go," said Greg Streeter.
This whole thing started Saturday night when St. Louis Health Director Pam walker says she spotted a horse named Moose struggling to breathe in the heat. Walker had a city vet check out the horse.
Moose was diagnosed with a respiratory problem and ordered not to work any longer.