HELL'S KITCHEN — A carriage horse stampeded through Hell's Kitchen for several blocks after his halter broke as his handler was getting him ready for the day, according to media reports.
The horse, named Bernie, ran away from the Byrne Stables at 547 W. 37 St. at 8:30 a.m on Sunday and trotted along 37th Street before turning on north 10th Avenue and west on 39th street.
Bernie was chased by two police cars, according to media reports and a video taken by Facebook user Jonathan DeMuth.
DeMuth, who lists himself as an editor at Jax Media on his profile, posted the video a little before 10 a.m. Sunday. The animal can be seen trotting through Manhattan traffic while being followed by two police cars.
The NYPD cars eventually cornered Bernie on 11th Avenue and his owner came with oats and corralled the horse back to the stables, media reported.
The video, which was later uploaded on NYCLASS Ban Horse Carriages' YouTube channel and now has more than 41,000 views, outraged activists who are opposed to the horse carriage industry.
“This is the latest example of why horse drawn carriages are not just inhumane but entirely unsafe in a city congested with cars, trucks and buses," said NYCLASS Executive Director Allie Feldman in a press release.
"It's time for the City Council to act and get the carriage horses off the streets of New York City."
Bernie was unharmed and back at work Monday, his owner told the New York Post.