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Horse leads police on high-speed chase through New York City (video)

By Mason White 12:15 PM October 23, 2014
Police chasing horse 

By: Feng Qian
(Scroll down for video) A horse led police on a high-speed chase after it got away from its carriage, police in New York said.

The horse escaped from its owner, collided with a yellow taxi and led police on the chase before it was caught.

The 7-year-old horse ran as fast as it could, scaring passersby. Luckily, police were able to stop the horse before it hurt anyone.

Now, animal rights groups are calling for horse and carriages to be banned from Manhattan.

The video of the incident was uploaded to YouTube, by the anti-horse and carriage group and New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets (NYCLASS).

According to the description in the video below, the incident took place on Sunday about 8:30 a.m. on Eleventh Avenue near 37th Street.

Mayor Bill de Blasio agrees with the animal rights groups, and wants to ban carriage horses and replace them with vintage-looking electric cars.

However, Christina Hansen, a New York City carriage driver, disagrees. She said that horses belonging to the NYPD have escaped on occasions and animal rights groups have not called to ban them.

“Police horses have run off, Parks Department horses have run off and it did not make the news because they are not a political agenda,” Henses said.