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Horse That Collapsed From Heat Becomes Celebrity

August 17, 1988

NEW YORK (AP) _ A 9-year-old carriage horse that collapsed on a Manhattan street this week, apparently from heat prostration, has become something of a cause celebre, whether he knows it or not.

Several protestors afraid that the gelding’s new lease on life would be a short one arrived at Shamrock Stables on Tuesday, some carrying signs reading, ″Whitey: From Carriage Horse to Hamburger.″

″He could easily end up as dog food,″ said Peggy Parker, Carriage Horse Action Committee coordinator.

Cleveland Amory, who writes a column about animals for the New York Post, said he offered Whitey’s owner, Anthony Haught, $1,000 for the animal, but Haught failed to show for a meeting Tuesday.

″We want Whitey to have the rest of his life,″ Amory said. ″He’s suffered enough.″

Haught, who has said he plans to send the horse to a farm in New Jersey, could not be reached for comment.

Whitey was on his way back to the stables, as city law requires, when the temperature reached 90 degrees Sunday. He collapsed just a few blocks away, but was revived after about two hours after he was hosed with water and fed intravenously.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals ordered Whitey suspended from working for 30 days. On Tuesday, he was in the stable resting and, driver Ed Loeffler said, ″wondering what the hell all the fuss is about.″

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