ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis health director wants to ban horse-drawn carriage rides in the city after a weekend encounter with an equine she says was suffering from heat stroke.

Health director Pam Walker says she stopped riders from boarding a carriage on Saturday night when she saw a distressed horse while walking her dog near her downtown residence.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ( ) reports that Walker has forbidden the horse named Moose from working in the city and also ordered inspections of the stable where Moose is kept, as well as at the city's other horse-drawn carriage business. The effort in St. Louis comes as officials in Chicago and New York seek similar restrictions.

A veterinarian hired by Moose's owner says his examination of the animal found no health problems.



Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,