How Hot Does it Get Before Carriage Animals are Pulled from Charleston Streets?
The city doesn’t pull horses off the street until the temperature reaches 95°F or the heat index reaches 110°F — BUT ONLY AFTER FOUR CONSECUTIVE READINGS OF THIS TEMPERATURE. We are troubled that Charleston is the only city requiring four readings (other cities only require one). We also believe an independent, scientific study will verify if this temperature is appropriate.
So many tourists are packed onto the carriages. Is anyone monitoring the weight being pulled?
No. 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.
We strongly feel the “official thermometer” should be relocated closer to street level in order to measure the temperature in the actual environment in which the horses are working. Right now, the city thermometers are located on top of a hotel (Doubletree Hotel), far above the asphalt where carriage animals work.