This is a photo of the first car expressly manufactured to serve as an animal ambulance. Heralding the construction of Boston’s new free animal hospital, this vehicle’s special feature was “a low-hanging body with false floor mounted on rollers…the tail-gate being used as a runway” to facilitate the loading of a horse in need.

At this time, June 1911, only Philadelphia had anything similar, and that was a horse-drawn carriage converted to electric power.

Source: Our Dumb Animals 44.2 (July 1911).

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