Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre calls for report on health of caleche horses

Montreal's mayor has asked for a "complete veterinary report" on the health of the city's caleche horses following an incident in Old Montreal earlier this week.

Photographs of a distressed horse in Old Montreal this week renewed calls for caleche ban

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre, seen here at an event in January marking the 350th anniversary of Quebec's first horse, said the city will look into the health of the caleche horses.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre has asked for a "complete veterinary report" examining the health of the city's caleche horses.

Coderre announced the move this afternoon on Twitter, two days after the photographs of a distressed caleche horse slipping on a metal plate on the road revived a campaign to see a ban on horse-drawn carriages in Montreal. 

On Tuesday, Montrealer Tara Schulz was on her way home when she spotted the horse near the corner of Peel and Notre-Dame West streets on Tuesday around 5:50 p.m.

It was being led back to the stables along the designated route established by the city when it slipped on a metal plate placed on the road during construction, she said.

"The horse was exhausted and very distraught. It was a very disturbing scene," said Schulz.

When she got home, she decided to post to the Facebook group Anti-caleche defense coalition

The coalition urged people to write complaints to Mayor Denis Coderre, asking that he ban the use of caleches in the city.

Caleche owners have argued the blame lies with the city, saying the designated route to the main stables in Griffintown is completely overrun with construction.


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