Salt Lake City Councilman Charlie Luke Launches Inquiry into Death of Carriage Horse

Aug 28, 2013

Collapse of Carriage for Hire horse in downtown Salt Lake City sparked an inquiry into possibly changing ordinances related to horse-drawn carriages.
Credit File: Carriage for Hire website

Salt Lake City Councilman Charlie Luke is moving forward with what he says is a broad scoped inquiry into the death of Jerry the draft horse. The Carriage for Hire horse collapsed on a downtown street nearly a week and a half ago and several days later died. The owners didn't announce the death until Monday. Luke says he met with the owners and horses of the Carriage for Hire Tuesday. He says he’s looking at many factors related to the horse collapse including the specific incident itself and even best practices around the country.

“As emotional as the situation is and the circumstances surround Jerry’s death are, in Salt Lake City we feel that it makes the most sense to be as deliberate as possible knowing that it is an emotional issue,” says Luke.

Luke says he expects to have a presentation of possible ordinance changes to be considered at an open city council meeting in the near future.