San Juan outlawed horse-drawn carriages on April 20 after a horse pulling a carriage collapsed in the middle of a street in Old San Juan.

The photos of the horse were posted on social media and went viral.

In signing the executive order banning horse-and-carriage rides, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz Soto cited "deplorable conditions of exploitation and mistreatment to which horses are subjected to in Old San Juan."

The order stated that the mayor's office had received complaints for years from tourists and residents.

The carriages were popular with cruise passengers and other tourists in Old San Juan.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to ban horse-drawn carriages during his first week in office in 2014. The city's council is still mulling a bill that would ban them.

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