CENTER CITY (WTXF) - You're about see fewer horses walking around Center City. They city is pulling the plug on one of the carriage companies meaning the horses will soon have a new home.
After a 6-month battle with the city one of the two remaining carriage companies is calling it quits. In a courtroom agreement signed with the city the Philadelphia Carriage Company, which has been in business since the 1970's will cease all carriage operations effective January 1st, following an ongoing battle with the city over space, ventilation and general horse healthcare.
Outside their stables, no comment from the owner and her attorney didn't call us back.
The horses will be forfeited to the city where they'll be taken to an adoption center to live out their day.
The city saying the deal "provides for a safe transfer to a responsible humane caretaking facility that specializes in the rescue of carriage horses."
The news is surprising to some. Others supported the decision.
A 12 year employee, who wanted to speak to us off-camera, tells us eight horses were housed here insisting, "We truly love the animals. If they ever suffer any problems, we take them somewhere for treatment or to retire."