New York City is considering a bill, Intro. 653, that some believe will severely compromise the care of the city's carriage horses since it takes away authority from the city, the police department and the ASPCA to maintain the health and well-being of these often overworked animals. The ASPCA's Human Law Enforcement agents duties currently include monitoring horses and their drivers out in the field and enforcing the rules and regulations regarding the treatment, housing and medical care of horses in the city. The bill restricts the authority of the ASPCA when it comes to inspecting carriage horse stables.
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