Once upon a time, it was not unusual to see a horse and wagon out on the street. But it likely was uncommon to see the animal tied in one spot for several hours.
One young lady decided to do something when she saw what she considered abuse of a horse.
From the Arizona Daily Star, Friday, Jan. 23, 1914:
ACTRESS REPORTS CRUELTY TO HORSE
Kept Tied Up from 3 O'clock Until Night; Belonged to City Engineering Dept.
Out of sympathy for a tired horse which had been standing tied on North Main street for a long time yesterday, Miss Edna Payne, leading lady of the Eclair company of motion picture players enlisted in the Humane society and took the trouble to go to the police station herself and report the matter to the jailer on duty yesterday evening.
The horse was hitched to a wagon and is said to have belonged to the engineering department of the city. For some reason the employees had some misunderstanding as to whose duty it was to take the animal home, and so it stood tied near the headquarters of the Eclair company at 430 North Main street from 3 o'clock until evening.
Miss Payne noticed the horse and her sympathy became aroused for the poor animal, so she asked her mother to accompany her to the police station where she informed Officer Short, who was on duty at the time, of the plight of the animal. She supposed that it had been in a runaway and that someone had caught it and tied it.
Officer Short promised to attend to the matter at once and an officer was sent down immediately by Sergeant Devant to take the horse home. It turned out to be one of the city engineering wagons and was taken to the city farm.
It sounds like a classic case of "I thought you were taking care of him." "No, I thought you would do it." And the one who paid the price was the horse. It's a good thing someone was paying attention.