Southern California Thoroughbred Rescue Gives Forgotten Horses Homes

by | 04.05.2014 | 11:08am

What do horses like Rogue Victory, Flash, and Backatitagain have in common? They were all rescued by Caroline Betts from low-level auctions in which they may have been meant to go to slaughter. The sale of equines for slaughter is illegal in California, but horses are bought and shipped out of state for the practice. The Press-Enterprise reported further on Betts' efforts to rescue abandoned Thoroughbreds.

Of her endeavors, Betts stated, “The racing industry should be funding this and physically doing this.” A university economics professor, Betts formed her organization in 2008 after encountering numerous Thoroughbreds for sale in low places.

Through a selective adoption process, about 12 horses a year are given new homes after being picked up by the rescue. Donations help keep the company moving as well; though these are strictly voluntary, they are on the rise. Betts' organization is just another step in the process of assuring that Thoroughbreds receive safe and friendly homes after retirement.

Read more at The Press-Enterprise.

  • Numbered Account

    This is a great organization. I have donated to it on many occasions.

  • nu-fan

    Will we ever see the horseracing industry take the responsibility of caring for its equine athletes? Why is this always expected of others, often, with very limited financial means?

  • betterthannothing

    “Madeline Auerbach, of the California Horseracing Board and chairwoman of the California Retirement Management Account for racehorses, said reports of thousands of ex-racehorses being sold at auction and taken out of the country for slaughter are overblown.
    “As far as we’re concerned, there are some,” Auerbach said. “But we work very hard to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
    She said the board employs investigators.”

    Official denial continues to kill horses.

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