Savannah City Council close to passing new heat ordinance for carriage horses

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The City of Savannah is one step closer to changing the law on the books about horses and carriages working in the heat.

The council was going to do a first and second reading of the ordinance and pass it, but one alderman wanted to take another look at it before doing everything Thursday.

The guideline in place now is to take the horses of the streets when the temperature exceeds 98 degrees Fahrenheit, but the new changes would make the carriage rides stop when the temperature exceeds 95 degrees.

The revisions to the ordinance also outline requirements to monitor the temperature and respiratory rate of the animal, safety equipment on the carriage, revisions to prevent horses and carriages from being left unattended, and much more.

"The updates are trying to take into account a little additional information about stress to the animals to make sure that were taking into account both temperature and heat index policies, just essentially for the protection of the animals," said District 2 Alderman Bill Durrence.

One concern was that if they put this new ordinance into place helping the horses, what can be done to help city employees having to work in the summer heat.

They will vote on this matter at the next council meeting.

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