Vegas Council clears way for horse-drawn carriages

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Updated: 4/17/2014 4:00 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Las Vegas City Council has cleared the way for horse-drawn carriages to return to some parts of the city for the first time in nearly 30 years.

The city banned the carriages in 1985 after a spooked horse ran out of control on Las Vegas Boulevard.

The prohibition later was rescinded and the council approved a series of routes Wednesday proposed by two carriage operators seeking business licenses to resume the rides.

KLAS-TV reports Nevada Voters for Animals President Gina Greisen told the council the practice is both "dangerous and inhumane."

But Marybeth Jalepes of the MB Horse & Carriage Company says there's no reason they can't be made safe if regulated correctly.

The carriages still will be banned on Fremont Street, Las Vegas Boulevard and Maryland Parkway.

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