City Council may restrict horse ownership in Philadelphia

A horse rescued by PSPCA officers earlier this week from an illegal stable in North Philadelphia.

Councilman Bill Greenlee today introduced a bill on behalf of Mayor Michael Nutter’s administration that would regulate how city horse-owners are permitted house and treat their animals.

“First, it gives a very minimum area that the horse has to be housed on – a quarter acre – which isn’t that large, but believe it or not, some people keep horses in their backyard,” Greenlee said. “And it sets certain regulations on the cleanup of the horses, the maintenance, the feeding of the horses.”

The legislation sets a fine of $300 and possible seizure of the horse if conditions are serious enough, according to Greenlee.

Horse ownership in the city has come under fire in the past due to the volume of cruelty allegations received by the PSCPA – horses are the leading victims of humane complaints in the city after cats and dogs. PSPCA officers earlier this week removed one dead horse and rescued three other horses from an illegal stable in North Philadelphia that had been twice cited earlier this year for inadequate conditions.

“It’s not that something that happens every day or every week certainly, but there were things that happened over time that made us realize that we need some written regulation,” Greenlee said of the rescue and others like it. “We’ve never really had that for the maintenance of horses. So that was just one incident, that’s just one example that we needed to do some regulations. And the administration has come up with these ideas and I certainly support them and I think they make sense.”

Greenlee said he’s not sure why there is currently nothing in the Philadelphia Code regulating horse ownership, as ownership of many other animals is either prohibited or limited.

“We’re really, in a sense, treading on new ground because it’s never been in there,” he said. “There’s regulations against having certain animals, but horses have really never been covered in the code. The only answer I could give to that is that nobody ever did it. … And I think a lot of people thought there were a lot of things that aren’t in there, that do not exist. So when we looked at it, we realized we need some real regulations to enforce actions that may be detrimental, either to the community or to the animal.”

The bill will be considered at a Council committee hearing before it goes up for a first reading and final vote.


Florida man charged with murdering son to play…

A Florida man annoyed that his 16-month-old crying son was preventing him from playing video games suffocated the toddler, police said on Friday.


Powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake rattles Mexico

A powerful earthquake struck Mexico Friday, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street, although there were no reports of major damage.


OMG! Exercise can make skin (and butt) look…

A moderate exercise regime can turn back time and actually reverse the skin's aging process, according to new research. The study showed that a minimum…


Jews in eastern Ukraine ordered to register, Kerry…

Secretary of State John Kerry condemned reports that Jews in eastern Ukraine had been ordered to register with the authorities "or suffer the consequences."


Whoopi Goldberg makes her debut as marijuana columnist

"It helps my head stop hurting, and with glaucoma your eyes ache, and she takes the ache out. It's wonderful," she said.

The Word

Kate Middleton made fun of Prince William's bald…

Kate Middleton and Prince William are in Sydney, Australia, right now, and it sounds like that brash Aussie sense of humor might be rubbing off.

The Word

Is Tom Cruise dating Laura Prepon?

"Mission: Impossible" star Cruise is said to be dating Laura Prepon, star of "Orange is the New Black."


'Scandal' recap: Season 3, Episode 18, 'The Price…

Sally is Jesus, Olivia caused global warming, and Mellie's still drunk. Let's recap the Scandal finale. A church full of Washington insiders is about to…


Deron Williams leads Nets over Raptors in Game…

The Nets traveled to a raucous Air Canada Centre but came out with an important Game 1 victory over the Raptors.


Carmelo Anthony agonizing over Knicks future as season…

There’s still the cloud hanging over the franchise’s head as to the pending free-agent status of All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony.


Jets host players with eye toward NFL Draft

The Jets hosted a number of NFL Draft hopefuls for workouts on Thursday, with an eye toward some under-the-radar players.


Chris Johnson: I wanted to go to 'a…

Now that Chris Johnson is a Jet, the team has to figure out if one of the most explosive players in the NFL over the last half decade has anything…


How to parent without gender stereotypes in a…

Christia Spears Brown, Phd. author of "Parenting beyond Pink & Blue" gives advice on raising kids free of gender stereotypes.


VIDEO: 'Vein-scanning' may become the future of paying

Designed to make transactions quicker and easier, the technology works by scanning the unique vein patterns in each person's palm.


#FollowFriday: 10 of the smartest Twitter accounts

Spending lots of time on Twitter? You might as well learn something. Here are some of the smartest accounts to follow.


Light-up nail art syncs with phone

This Japanese technology syncs light-up nail art with your phone.