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Calèche horse collides with car in Griffintown

Mimi, the calèche horse that collided with a car today, wasn’t seriously injured but will remain stabled for two weeks as a precaution.

Video shows horse thrown after collision with car

The incident happened today at the corner of Peel and Wellington streets in Montreal's Griffintown neighbourhood. (MTL Blog)

A calèche horse that collided with a car today in Griffintown wasn't seriously injured but will remain stabled for two weeks as a precaution.

A video of the incident, which happened at the corner of Peel Street and Wellington Street, shows the horse attached to the empty carriage rolling onto the roof of the sedan before it is thrown forward.

There's visible damage to the car.

A man who answered the phone at Lucky Luc Stable in Griffintown refused to give his name, but he said the horse is fine. He wouldn't comment further.

Another driver from the same stable, who also would not give his name, told CBC the horse, named Mimi, lost a shoe and the driver had left the carriage to retrieve it. He said the horse took off, and the car clipped the calèche's wheel.

Anik de Repentigny, a spokeswoman for the Ville-Marie borough, said the horse is now back in the stable and has been ordered off the street for two weeks.

A veterinarian will inspect the horse and decide after examining the animal if that period should be extended.

A caleche horse is hit by a car at the corner of Peel and Wellington streets in Montreal. 0:20

Last summer, an image of a horse lying down in the middle of the street in apparent distress spurred a call for a ban on the horse-drawn carriages.

Mayor Denis Coderre responded by demanding a report on the condition of all the horses working in Montreal.

The animals are inspected regularly by inspectors and veterinarians, and a semi-monthly report is sent to City Hall.

SPCA calls for calèche ban

According to the Montreal SPCA, Wednesday morning's incident shows that it's time for the city to ban calèches.

"This incident highlights exactly why the Montreal SPCA has been opposed to the use of horse-drawn carriages," said Anita Kapuscinska, a spokeswoman for Montreal's animal protection agency.

"The carriage horses must endure … lameness caused by constantly standing and walking on hard pavements. The noise and the smells of traffic, those are all very stressful things for horses, which can very easily lead to incidents that can injure not just the horses but can be dangerous to people."

"There are many world-class cities such as London, Paris, Toronto that used to have calèches and now have banned these horse-drawn carriages, and we really believe that it's time for Montreal to follow suit."

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