Who is Monitoring the Load of Carriages?
Under city ordinance, the combined weight of the carriage, passengers, and drivers cannot exceed three times the weight of the carriage animal. Yet, nowhere in the process are the carriages with passengers weighed.The city should acquire and use appropriate scales to weigh carriages before each trip. Charleston Animal Society is willing to purchase a set of scales for the City’s use, so that the law can be enforced immediately. In order to meet the letter of the ordinance (for example, the three-times multiplier, plus Section 29-212(e)(11) “Animals…shall not weigh less than nine hundred fifty (950) pounds…” Also, horses and mules should be weighed more frequently than is now done, to insure accurate load/body weight ratios.