Dogs Banned at Maine Track after Horse Death

State racing officials have banned dogs in the stable and paddock areas at Maine's Bangor Raceway after a horse died as a result of injuries sustained following an attack, the Bangor Daily News reported.

The horse, Rich Camelot, an 8-year-old Standardbred gelding had just completed a training jog when he was attacked by a dog Sunday (June 7). The horse bolted and struck a large metal trash bin. Although he was treated by a veterinarian on the scene, the horse died. Officials attributed the death to internal injuries sustained in the accident, and ruled a necropsy unnecessary.

"He was a very fine animal. It just about broke my heart," horse owner Gardner Patterson told the Bangor Daily News. "This was a very special horse, a very good racer. I would say he was one of the top horses in Maine."

Rich Camelot won more than $20,000 in 18 starts last year. His most recent victory was Friday.

The dog in question was reported to be new to the track. No further information on the animal or its owner was available.

About the Author

Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

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