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Carriage Horse Driver Faces Animal Cruelty Charges

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A Central Park carriage horse driver is facing animal cruelty charges after police say his horse was working with a leg injury.

Police say they noticed the horse, named Blondie, limping on Wednesday night.

Driver Saverio Colarusso is said to have told police that he knew about Blondie's injuries but continued to drive and work the horse for four days.

Colarusso was arrested and faces up to a year in jail if convicted.

A spokesperson for the Horse and Carriage Association says that if Colarusso is convicted, it will be the first instance of a carriage operator, owner or stable being found guilty of animal cruelty in the city.

In may be bad news for an industry that's seen a great deal of opposition recently, as Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio supports a plan to get rid of the carriage rides.

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