Praise Rescue of Horses from Abusive Stable


Target: City Health Commissioner, Dr. Leana S. Wen

Goal: Praise authorities for charging a group with animal cruelty involving arabber horses.

Authorities have charged a group of people with alleged animal cruelty in connection with a raid that shut down one of Baltimore’s oldest arabber horse stables, the Carlton Street Stable. Records show the charges were filed against horse stable owner William Murray, Jr., who presently faces almost 50 counts related to animal cruelty. Five other people, who also took care of the horses, are also being charged with animal cruelty.

The Baltimore animal control and health officials took 14 horses from the stable after finding poor living conditions all over a run down stable. Because of the pending criminal charges, details of the rescue have not been disclosed to the public. The development director of the rescue ensured that they are providing the care that the horses need to recover and claims that the animals have been thriving in their new environment.

An “arabber” is a street merchant who sells products from a colorful horse cart and is a common site in East Coast cities. The arabber horses are part of a Baltimore tradition dating back to the 19th century. Although it is a tradition for the city of Baltimore, the owners of this stable did not comply with animal health codes. Arabber stables are usually licensed and regulated as commercial establishments. Health departments give horse stable inspections annually and if they see conditions that are not up to standards then they take steps to remove them.

Please sign this petition to thank the health commissioner for putting an end to alleged animal cruelty in one of the oldest Baltimore arabber horse stables.


Dear Dr. Wen,

It is sad to hear that the owner of one of the oldest Baltimore arabber horse stables was recently charged with 47 counts of animal cruelty. Although the public were not informed of the details of the case, we are sure that you did the right thing by removing the animals from an unfit environment. No horse should ever have to suffer at the hands of bad stable owners.

Thank you for rescuing the 14 horses when you found them in detrimental conditions. Arabbers are a tradition in Baltimore, but in order to uphold these traditions the animals involved needs to be in good health.


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One Comment

  1. Arraber street merchants should be banned in all large cities where they exist. Just as horse-drawn carriage rides were banned in New York City. Horses do not belong in congested urban areas where they are subjected to polluted air from car exhausts, noisy traffic conditions and extreme heat in the summers and extreme cold temperatures in the winters. The arraber street merchants are anachronistic in cities in 21st century America. Let these horses live the rest of their lives in a country sanctuary, not tied to a cart day-in and and day-out being exploited by their merchant-owners.

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