CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Animal Protective League has opened an active investigation into the weekend incident where a horse from Shamrock Carriages fell down before getting up and running through the East Bank of the Flats.
President and CEO Sharon A. Harvey said the organization is very early in the process and could not share any more details about the investigation.
A Facebook live video posted around 10:30 p.m. on July 15 showed a horse, Fredo, running around the Flats and those images are have received a lot of attention online and on social media. A petition with more than 13,000 signatures is also going around to ban horse-drawn carriages in Cleveland.
At the beginning of the video a horse is lying down on Main Avenue and a group of people help the animal to its feet.
(Video contains foul language)
Today Cleveland 19 went to Fredo's stable.
Back in November of 2014 Cleveland 19's Carl Monday did an investigation about horses in Downtown Cleveland.
In May 2016, Cleveland 19 reported an uproar over a chained horse outside the Shamrock stables downtown with no bedding or water in sight. At the time, owner Pete Leneghan said the horse is never there more than 10 or 15 minutes, while workers clean its stall.
In 2014, Chief Investigator Carl Monday reported a runaway carriage that struck eleven cars in downtown Cleveland - just another incident involving Shamrock Carriages.
Sunday, the manager said despite how bad the pictures look -- and he said they are horrifying --he stressed the horse is OK.
"Tell everyone the horse is OK," he said, adding no passengers in the carriage were injured.