Hurt pony lies on street several hours

March 26, 1995|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Sun Staff Writer

An a-rab pony that bolted from its owner and ran loose !B downtown last night before being caught collapsed on a South Baltimore street as it was being led to a stable and lay injured for more than three hours.

Outraged residents of the Pigtown neighborhood gathered at West Cross and Cleveland streets and watched as the horse's owners, police and one animal control officer could do little but comfort the 5-year-old pony named "Red," which lay on his side blocking one lane of traffic.

"It's all these bureaucrats," said Charlie Howe, who lives around the corner. "We pay them to come out in an emergency, and when an emergency comes, they can't get here. It's stupid."

Officer Patrick Conley of the Southern District said officers got their first call at 7:20 p.m. At 10:30 p.m., the horse was still in the street, and its owners were trying to find someone to destroy the animal.

"This is cruelty to animals," complained Janice Kick, who recently moved into the neighborhood. "It's just not right. I'm very upset about it. What are they going to do about this? Are there regulations? There should be. What kind of message does this send to the young people? They are all here looking."

The scene drew at least 30 onlookers, and at one time five police cars were present. Officer Conley said police called the city's Bureau of Animal Control, but he said they only had one person working, whose truck could handle only dogs.

"The only holdup now is the owner is trying to find a trailer for the horse," Officer Conley said, as several people in the crowd shouted for the mayor.

The horse tried to get up several times, but it appeared at least two legs were badly injured.

Police and the pony's owner, George Kellam, said the horse bolted from its cart on Lombard and Gay streets, injuring one leg. Mr. Kellam said he was leading the horse to a stable in Pigtown when it collapsed.

At 10 p.m., Earl Watson, director of the Bureau of Animal Control, was called in to work. He said a police veterinarian was to be at the scene by 11 p.m. to destroy the animal.

He said a-rab ponies are forbidden by law from hauling carts at night. "This horse had no business being out there," Mr. Watson said.

He said he would deal with the legal issues today. "Right now, my main concern is getting the horse taken care of."

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