By Steve Pedry 02/12/22

Griffith Park Pony Rides To Shut Down After 74 Years

The Southern California historical site has been open since 1948, but it will close at the end of this year.

According to the proprietor, Stephen Weeks, his current mission is to locate suitable new homes for the more than forty horses.

"I am determined to find qualified horse people who will care for our ponies as much as I do homes for them. If you want to give a home, please send me a message."

Animal rights activists and the group Los Angeles Animal Alliance have said that the Griffith Park Pony Rides should be stopped (LAAA).

People had been protesting the rides every week for months, saying that the animals were being mistreated and overworked in hot weather.

The animals and the premises have been subjected to multiple thorough inspections by officials from the city of Los Angeles.

In January, Nithya Raman and Paul Koretz of the City Council filed a motion asking for a third-party assessment of the facility after getting multiple calls about animal abuse at the pony rides.

The owner of Griffith Park Pony Rides, Steve Weeks, says he'll start looking for new homes for those ponies.

The department will start asking for ideas from the public on how to change the recreational and educational activities at the Pony Rides location.