Old Fire Horses of New York.
With reference to the disposition by the tire department of horses too old for service, Mayor McClellan said in his annual message: “In my last message I called attention to the desirability of obtaining legislation by which the city might avoid selling to indiscriminate purchasers such horses of the fire department as had passed their period of usefulness. In accordance with this recommendation, a law was intraduced in and passed by the legislature allowing the city to turn over such animals to the care of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Unfortunately, the society, because of lack of funds, has been unable so far to accept this trust. 1 believe, however, that until it is able to undertake this work, arrangements can be made to have these horses transferred to other city departments, where their work will be commensurate with their age and disabilities, and, if necessary, legislation can be obtained for this purpose.”