Savannah horse drawn carriage rides suspended for 3 hours Thursday

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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Horse-drawn carriage rides were suspended for 8 hours Wednesday in Savannah because of the sweltering temperatures.

News 3 has learned another suspension will be put in place Thursday because of the heat.

“When they’re not on the streets, they’re back here in the barn, and we have a full staff of people that take care of them,” said Cara Marshall with Carriage Tours of Savannah. “When we’re out on the streets doing tours at the end of every circuit, the horse’s temperatures are taken and recorded also looking for any elevated respiration.”

According to the ordinance, when the temperature reaches 95 and above, carriage rides are suspended in the city.

Leaders took the step further and put a suspension in place just to be more proactive.

“We decided we trusted the future weather predictions that again we’d have that continued high heat, fourth day in a row, and the city said we’re going to put this out, and we’re going to be a little more proactive,” said Ken Slats with the City of Savannah.

Thursday, horse-carriage rides will be suspended from 1 – 4 p.m.

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