Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Rider, U.S. Olympic Dressage Team Disqualified

September 22, 2008

Today the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal has issued its decision in the positive medication case involving the horse Mythilus ridden by Courtney King-Dye, and representing the U.S. Dressage Team at the 2008 Olympic Games in... Read More

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Thieves Target Horse Tails in Iowa

September 21, 2008

Some horse thieves are at work in Buena Vista County, Iowa--but they're only after the tail.

The sheriff's office said three people reported chopped tails just in the past week. Major Doug Simons said each case appears similar--someone went... Read More

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Hurricane Recovery Progress Report Features Carcass Disposal Update, Hay Hotline

September 20, 2008

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) sent this update on Friday, Sept. 19:

A TAHC assessment team has nearly completed the Galveston Island large animal assessment. Fresh water supplies are being supplied for rescued and stabled... Read More

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Jones Appeals Clenbuterol Suspension

September 20, 2008

Thoroughbred trainer Larry Jones has appealed a seven-day suspension and $500 fine levied by the stewards at Delaware Park in connection with the highly-publicized case in which the horse Stones River tested positive for the prohibited substance... Read More

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Hurricane Livestock Rescue Effort Continues

September 19, 2008

Since the day after 20-foot storm surges sent water destroying nearly all of the fences throughout the Chambers and Jefferson counties of Texas, forcing some 20,000 livestock to make a desperate run for high ground, the Texas AgriLife Extension... Read More

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Horse Owner Unsure Whether Seized Mare is Dead or Alive

September 18, 2008

Horse owner Virginia Stack of Quakertown, Pa., wasted no time responding to requests for identification information about her Thoroughbred mare, Sharp Gal. The mare was residing at Norcrest Farm in Troupsburg, N.Y., when authorities with the... Read More

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Maryland Bans Racehorse Steroids

September 17, 2008

The Maryland Racing Commission has approved a ban on anabolic steroids for racehorses, following the lead of other racing states including Kentucky, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The issue of steroids in horse racing saw increased... Read More

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HSUS Takes in Abandoned Horses, Offers Reward

September 15, 2008

There is a resolution in sight for 11 abandoned horses found near Molalla, Ore., earlier this month. Six of the horses were purchased by families at a public auction Sept. 10. At the request of the Oregon Department of Agriculture, The Humane... Read More

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Trainer Pleads Guilty to Cruelty Charges

September 13, 2008

A Kentucky-based trainer has pleaded guilty to 16 counts of second-degree cruelty to animals charges resulting from an October 2007 incident in Nelson County, Ky.

Joseph D. “J.D.” Crescini, who signed the guilty plea Sept. 9, faces a... Read More

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Equine Drug Testing Center Sought For NMSU

September 13, 2008

Funding is being sought by horse racing officials to start an equine drug testing laboratory at New Mexico State University.

They've been lobbying state legislators, but NMSU officials say they're concerned about the cost of operating... Read More

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Unwanted Horse Group Continues to Compile Facility List

September 12, 2008

The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) is still working on its list of facilities that accept, place, or use horses. Currently, there are more than 200 facilities listed on the UCH Web site.

"This is a continuing process for the coalition," sai... Read More

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Soring Inspections Stepped Up at Walking Horse Celebration

September 12, 2008

Compliance with the Horse Protection Act (HPA) appeared to decline at the 70th Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, dropping from 98% in 2007 to 95% at this year's event, according to USDA figures. The Celebration took place... Read More

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Keeneland Yearling Buyers Utilize Steroid Tests

September 11, 2008

During the first two sessions of the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale the Central Kentucky auction company reported 20 requests for testing for exogenous anabolic steroids.

There were six requests during the opening session Sept. 8 an... Read More

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Ike Gains Strength Over Gulf, Aims for Texas

September 10, 2008

Hurricane Ike barreled across the warm, energizing waters of the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday on its way toward the Texas coast.

Forecasters said the Category 1 storm was already strengthening over open waters after leaving Cuba and could grow... Read More

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Gulf Coast on Standby for Hurricane Ike Path Forecast

September 09, 2008

Residents of the Gulf Coast are watching anxiously as Hurricane Ike trudges toward areas still cleaning up after Gustav.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry put 7,500 National Guard members on standby as the National Hurricane Center warned the storm... Read More

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Horse Owner Searches for Mare Seized in Breeding Barn Welfare Case

September 09, 2008

When horse owner Anne Maria Cray of Grantville, Pa., started spreading the word that her 5-year-old Thoroughbred mare, WeWe C, was available for a breeding lease, she never imagined that the horse would end up in the middle of a welfare case.... Read More

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Horse Rescue Organizations: Questions to Ask

September 08, 2008

Find out what questions to ask before making any commitments a horse rescue.... Read More

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FEI Holds First Hearings on Olympic Substance Test Results

September 08, 2008

Hearings before the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) took place in Lausanne, Switzerland, this weekend in the Olympic cases of Bernardo Alves of Brazil and the horse Chupa Chup; Denis Lynch of Ireland and the horse Lantinus; and Courtney... Read More

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Hurricane Ike Forecast to Strike Texas-Louisiana Border

September 08, 2008

Forecasters are predicting that Hurricane Ike could hit Louisiana or Texas this weekend.

Ike, which raked the Bahamas and worsened floods in Haiti that have killed 321 people, made landfall on Cuba as a fearsome Category 3 hurricane, then... Read More

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Mare Shot Repeatedly Now Safe

September 07, 2008

A Thoroughbred mare and former polo pony in her 20s was shot repeatedly and left for dead in the desert of New Mexico, but the mare didn't die. Instead she wandered to civilization... Read More

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Horse Advocate John Hettinger Dies

September 07, 2008

Horse advocate John A. Hettinger, a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Racing Association (Thoroughbreds) and Chairman Emeritus of the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, died Sept. 6 at his Akindale Farm in Pawling, N.Y., afte... Read More

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Kentucky Governor Bans Steroids in Racehorses

September 06, 2008

Testing for anabolic steroids in racehorses in Kentucky will begin with the start of the Keeneland fall meet under emergency regulations signed by Gov. Steve Beshear Sept. 5.

The regulations, approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in... Read More

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Pessoa Horse Substance Positive Confirmed on 'B' Sample

September 05, 2008

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has received confirmation that the second ("B") sample collected from the horse Rufus, ridden by Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil at the 2008 Olympic Games, has yielded a positive test result for the banned... Read More

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78 Horses Removed from New York Farm

September 05, 2008

Seventy-eight allegedly malnourished horses are currently residing in foster homes after animal welfare authorities removed them from their former home last week.

According to Finger Lakes Society for the Prevention of Cruelty t... Read More

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California Horse Abuse Case Concludes After Three Years

September 03, 2008

Nearly three years after his 35 horses were seized by county authorities, James DeNoyer is on track to get four of the horses back after pleading guilty to one misdemeanor count of improper disposal of a dead animal during proceedings in... Read More