People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sought an outright ban on horse-drawn carriages. But the council, in conjunction with Mayor Ralph Becker, determined to strengthen the regulations in an effort to safeguard the horses.
Most recently, Jeremy Beckham of PETA, complained to Salt Lake County Animal Control that Carriage for Hire was operating during rush hour 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. despite a Salt Lake City ordinance banning that.
Carriage for Hire did not respond to inquiries from The Salt Lake Tribune regarding the allegation.
Complicating regulation of horse-drawn carriages is that Salt Lake City contracts with Salt Lake County Animal Control on all animal matters. For example, the cause of Jerry's death could not determined by Animal Control officials because Jerry's owners already had destroyed the carcass by the time they were dispatched to inspect the operation.
Inspectors then forwarded findings through county channels and eventually to the city's licensing division, which can revoke an operator's business license.
Among the new regulations being considered by the City Council are limiting to eight hours the time a horse can work each day, restricting operations in extreme weather and adding stricter qualifications for carriage drivers.
Carriage for Hire is the only horse-drawn carriage operator in Salt Lake City.
The council could adopt new regulations as early as Tuesday evening.