Considering the emotional responses prompted by the very public collapse, and the subsequent death, of Jerry the carriage horse on a hot summer day, the Salt Lake City Council's decision to delay taking any action is the right one.
Nevertheless, the council shouldn't merely let the issue die as the public outcry wanes. The health of the horses that pull carriages loaded with tourists around downtown should continue to be a concern. Any ordinance change should also consider the safety of residents and tourists, although there have been few accidents on city streets involving horse-drawn carriages.
The council voted this week, after a wide-ranging discussion, to ask Salt Lake Mayor Ralph Becker to work with Salt Lake County Animal Services, which regulates the use and possession of animals in the city, to come up with new regulations.