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City of Savannah meets with carriage companies after accident

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The City of Savannah met with horse carriage companies in light of a dangerous incident that happened earlier this month involving a spooked horse and a family of five tourists on board.

Carriage safety was just one of the issues being discussed after a private meeting was held on Monday.

No changes were decided upon during the meeting. There were representatives from each horse carriage company, the city's tourism administrator and other city staff.

They called it an isolated incident, but some of Savannah's elected officials have concerns of their own.

City Tourism Administrator Bridget Liddy said during the meeting they gathered that the company involved in the accident, Historic Carriage Savannah, followed all city safety rules and ordinances. Liddy said those rules and ordinances are strict and have been in place since the 1970s.

She said the company's horses and carriages are up to standards.

The meeting also addressed past issues, including horse urine smells and location issues, but Alderman Tony Thomas is one of the city council members who is questioning the well being of the horses.

"Our office has received a call that this horse was involved in other accidents that, for some reason or another, had not come to light," said Thomas. "I don't know anything about the operations of these companies. I am concerned if that is the case. I know we have some very good operations, but there is interest by citizens about the smell and the wellness of these horses."

Thomas said he and other council members plan to raise the concerns they have at a future council meeting and workshop.

The Tourism Administrator said the city has a great working relationship with the horse carriage companies right now, and believes this was just an accident.

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