Tonight, a carriage horse named "Jerry," who died after collapsing while pulling a carriage, is being honored at a vigil in Salt Lake City, Utah, reported Tuesday's Salt Lake Tribune.
Jerry collapsed on August 17, in the middle of a hot day. The 13-year-old horse was hauled off of the hot pavement, into a waiting trailer, and he died approximately one week later.
Jerry's death prompted a petition which asks the city council, and mayor, to enact a ban on horse-drawn carriages in Salt Lake City; to date, nearly 4,000 supporters have signed the Change.org petition.
Tonight's vigil, which is being held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 451 S. State Street, is being organized by the Utah Animal Rights Coalition (UARC).
UARC wants to see carriage horses banned in the city, citing cruel working conditions:
"Horses forced to pull carriages in Salt Lake City are overworked in miserable weather extremes, subjected to the dangers of congested traffic, and forced to walk on hard asphalt for several hours each day."
A subsequent publication by the Salt Lake Tribune features a photo which was allegedly released by Jerry's owners, showing that he had recovered from the collapse. Horse experts who viewed the photo determined that the horse who was standing, was not the same horse (Jerry) shown on the ground. It was later determined that Jerry did pass away.
Jerry's owners, Blaine and Annette Overson, have stated that they love their horses and deny allegations that the horses are overworked or abused.
Click here to read/sign the petition, which includes more information about the day that Jerry died.
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