Roughly a week after a photo depicting a Thoroughbred in a landfill was circulated by an animal rights organization, police in West Virginia say the racetrack has been cleared of wrongdoing. Mountaineer Park was found to comply with local laws and its own policies regarding disposal of animal carcasses, the Daily Racing Form reported Wednesday.
Hancock County Sheriff's Office said authorities reviewed treatment records for the chestnut, Bridget Moloney, before her euthanasia. The horse was injured in a race at the track and put down back at the barn. Law enforcement also revealed that Mountaineer has an arrangement with the landfill to deposit euthanized animals in an area designated for livestock disposal, though it remains unclear why the driver of the truck transporting Bridget Moloney's body was told to deposit the horse elsewhere on the landfill site.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) published a series of photos taken in late September by an unidentified whistleblower showing the horse's body in the landfill. Law enforcement was notified last week at the same time the organization distributed the photos to media, demanding investigation into its allegations of animal cruelty.
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