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Hansom Cab Horse Collapses Outside Central Park

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Another horse driving a carriage has collapsed in Manhattan.

Holiday shoppers and tourists watched as the animal went down late Sunday afternoon at 59th Street and Fifth Avenue.

Many are calling for an end to hansom cab rides following several recent incidents including the death of a 15-year-old draft horse named Charlie.

Charlie collapsed on a midtown street in October. The ASPCA found the horse had a stomach ulcer and a fractured tooth.

(LINK: ASPCA Releases Findings on Carriage Horse Death)

Some groups who oppose carriage rides said at the time that the results proved the horse was suffering while still being forced to work.

Back on July 25, three tourists from Ohio and a hansom cab driver were injured when the carriage was flipped on its side, knocking the horse onto the street.

State Senator Tony Avella sponsored legislation to ban the buggy rides.

"It's a dangerous situation for the horse for the driver for the passengers and for motorists and pedestrians and this accident is just one more indication that, and pardon the pun, that this practice should put out to pasture," he said.

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