Friday, May 4, 2012

NY Attorney General Sues Race Horse Nonprofit

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced yesterday that he has filed a lawsuit against the directors of a nonprofit for retired race horses.

The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported that Schneiderman accused the Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) of providing inadequate care for its 1,100 retired race horses. The suit alleges the organization took on more horses than it could handle, leading to poor food, unattended injuries, and a lack of shelter for severe weather.

In a statement, Schneiderman said that both the state and the nation need TRF to succeed but that the group's "board has driven this vital organization into the ground." The foundation is also accused of paying its boarding farms less than $3 per horse a day to provide care -- less than half spent by similar organizations -- and that the board diverted funds for horses to repay loans by two of the organization's directors.

TRF Chairman John Moore has denied the allegations, saying that suit is based on a "pile of lies." He insisted that all of the horses they care for are in good condition, and that TRF would pursue every legal avenue to defend itself.

You can read the full story in The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.

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