6 ponies at Griffith Park are still waiting to be adopted, but what’s next after the attraction closes?

GRIFFITH PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A City of Los Angeles task force met Thursday to hear public comments as the Griffith Park Pony Rides are scheduled to close in less than a week.

The LA Department of Recreation and Parks Commission’s Task Force on Concessions gave people an opportunity to speak for or against the city’s decision not to renew the contract to maintain the attraction. They also discussed what to do with the property after the closure.

“My dad used to bring me here when I was a baby, it’s really sad because it’s been a lifetime of memories,” said Nercy Rios, who is disappointed with the closure.

The pony rides are scheduled to close to the public from December 22nd.

The attraction is popular with families but has also drawn criticism from animal rights activists.

Stephen Weeks, the attraction’s owner, said four ponies have died this year either of old age or illness. He said all the ponies are being well cared for, including the four who died, which he says sparked the initial controversy.

“Our contract and the general manager stipulated that we don’t have to report deaths to the City of LA,” Weeks said. “We have retired ponies at our facility. These were old retired ponies, these were not our deceased working ponies but retired ponies that we kept for the rest of their lives.”

Weeks added that he and his team provided veterinary and other records to the city.

“I’m the one who told the vet about the deaths of the four ponies in particular,” he said.

In November 2021, a group protested in Griffith Park, claiming animal welfare laws were being broken. The Los Angeles Alliance for Animals has asked the city to issue an ordinance banning pony rides.

“Animal welfare laws, created with the help of veterinarians and equine experts, are consistently ignored by pony ride operators and are not enforced by Park and Recreation, Los Angeles Animal Services, or the Los Angeles Police Department,” the LAAA said at the time, claiming it have monitored the rides since July of this year.

“The pony-riding concession is animal cruelty disguised as children’s entertainment. Rude treatment of animals is not in line with Los Angeles values. Los Angeles has enacted a fur ban, a bull hook ban, and no wild animals at private parties.”

Griffith Park Pony Rides issued a statement in November 2021, saying the facility was routinely inspected by the City and County of Los Angeles to “ensure the safe and humane treatment of each animal.”

Weeks said he has 36 ponies in all and all but six have been adopted so far. These six are still waiting for a loving home.

Copyright © 2022 KABC Television, LLC. All rights reserved.

https://abc7.com/griffith-park-pony-rides-closure-la-city-parks-los-angeles-department-of-recreation-and-in/12576144/ 6 ponies at Griffith Park are still waiting to be adopted, but what’s next after the attraction closes?

Laura Coffey

World Time Todays is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – admin@worldtimetodays.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button