Charleston to review treatment of carriage horses, mules

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Posted: Jul 29, 2016 7:24 AM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Charleston officials say the city plans to review rules governing the treatment of carriage horses and mules after it received complaints about the animals working in the heat.

A city tourism official tells The Post and Courier of Charleston (http://bit.ly/2a7LNKP) the South Carolina city received about 50 complaints in June and July about the animals.

Dan Riccio of the Department of Livability and Tourism says a committee will evaluate whether the temperature at which the animals are pulled from the street is too high and whether the loads they pull are too heavy.

Carriage horses now are pulled from the street when the temperature reaches 98 degrees or when the heat index reaches 125 degrees. Riccio says some cities bring in horses when the temperature hits 90 degrees.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com