NEW YORK (PIX11) — New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs is investigating horse carriage driver Frank Luo.
Luo is accused of trying to pass off an older, sick horse, as a younger healthier horse to regulators.
“He falsified records, hoof documents that show the name of a horse and the age of a horse in order to present him as a horse that’s half of the horses age,” said Dan Mathews, a Vice President of PETA. “This horse was supposed to be on vacation.”
The Horse and Carriage Association of New York City, Inc. responded in a statement, “We were shocked to hear of the accusations against Frank Luo. The Teamsters and New York City carriage drivers are professionals who put the welfare of the horse first.”
PIX11 was unable to reach Luo for a response Tuesday evening.
New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio has said he wants to eliminate the horse drawn carriages that are popular with tourists in Central Park.