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Ryder, the team horse that collapsed this summer in Manhattan, has been euthanized

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — A carriage horse that collapsed in Manhattan this summer was euthanized this weekend.

Videos of Ryder the horse went viral after the animal fell on its side on August 10 in Hell’s Kitchen.

The videos have sparked animal rights protests and calls for a ban on horse-drawn carriages in the city.

“Ryder will always be a symbol of the cruelty and dishonesty of the carriage industry. 71% of New Yorkers agree that my bill, Intro 573, should pass. His death must not be in vain. We can still save the other carriage horses. This Barbaric Animal Abuse must stop ” said council member Robert Holden.

Ryder, a 26-year-old horse, was retired to a farm in upstate New York after he collapsed.

Ryder worked as a draft horse for four months before collapsing.

Ryder’s new one immediately engaged various veterinary professionals and then took him to Cornell Hospital for further evaluation and treatment where he spent many days.

“We are very saddened to learn of Ryder’s passing. We know he received the best care with his new owner and the veterinary team at Cornell. We are sorry that at the end of Ryder’s long life he was unable to enjoy more of his retirement,” Ryder’s coach driver said Christina Hansen.

During his time at Cornell, Ryder was cared for by a team of veterinary professionals consistently recognized as world leaders in equine medicine and one of the top equine hospitals in the United States.

While at Cornell, Ryder was diagnosed with a series of serious medical conditions that eventually required him to be humanely euthanized.

Ryder’s body was taken to Cornell Equine Hospital for an autopsy to determine his cause of death.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is investigating Ryder’s owner for falsifying veterinary records and lying about Ryder’s age.

“Although we only knew him for a short time, Ryder touched our lives in so many ways. Thanks to him, we initiated new veterinary and safety protocols and made significant strides towards the HEART union platform. Ryder has made a positive impact on horse welfare and brought our carriage community together. Our condolences to all his relations and to all who knew him, even for a moment,” Hansen said.

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