thoroughbred slaughter

Texas Case Reveals Tricky ‘Business’ Of Horse Slaughter Rescue

Sonny Ellen of Bryan, Texas, is 82, a bail bondsman by trade for nearly a half century, and a lifelong horse owner. Two weeks ago, Ellen said he was blindsided when he got a call from Mindy Willis, his trainer at Sam Houston Race Park, saying track management told her Ellen had been banned for […]

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Would-be New Mexico slaughterhouse under fire for environmental issues

A New Mexico company that is seeking to open the nation’s first slaughterhouse for horses since 2007 should face fines for the violation of laws on waste disposal according to a Colorado-based horse advocacy group. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the New Mexico Environment Department received a letter this week from Front Range Equine Rescue […]

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Rescued and reunited: The remarkable story of a Thoroughbred mare

The Associated Press tells the amazing story of a Thoroughbred mare thought to be a granddaughter of Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew (she actually wasn’t, but that’s part of the story).  It’s really a tale about a woman who believed she’d lost the mare she loved but found her again six years later, after the […]

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Hearing for Kelsey Lefever postponed until February 21

The preliminary hearing for Kelsey Lefever that had been scheduled for today has been rescheduled for Feb. 21, according to a statement from Pennsylvania State Police. The 24-year-old Lefever is accused of taking possession of retired Thoroughbreds under false claims that she would re-home them and instead allegedly sold them to kill buyers who sent […]

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Michelson: I can account for every horse that I sold for Kelsey Lefever

Melissa Michelson, who was associated with Kelsey Lefever when the latter was operating an alleged horse adoption for slaughter scam out of Penn National racecourse last May, issued a statement distancing herself from Lefever, who has been charged with five counts of deceptive business practices and theft by deception. Lefever has a preliminary hearing scheduled […]

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Pennsylvania congressman calls for passage of slaughter prevention bill

A Pennsylvania congressman urged support Thursday for the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act in response to the charges against 24-year-old Kelsey Lefever, the Pennsylvania woman accused of selling horses to slaughter in Canada under false pretenses.  The charges were first reported by the Paulick Report this week. Rep. Patrick Meehan, a Republican who represents Pennsylvania’s […]

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Protect Your Horses: You Are All They Have

In the wake of the disturbing allegations against 24-year-old Kelsey Lefever, the Pennsylvania woman charged with deceptive business practices and theft by deception in a case involving horse adoption and slaughter, Allie Conrad, executive director of CANTER Mid Atlantic, posted a very compelling piece on Facebook about what horse owners can do to keep their […]

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Kelsey Lefever Case: How to Prevent the Alleged Practices?

Yesterday we broke the news of Kelsey Lefever, a 24-year-old woman who has allegedly been misrepresenting her intentions of finding a new home for retired racehorses in Pennsylvania and taking them to kill-buyers instead. She was quoted in the Affidavit of Probable Cause by a friend saying, “I killed every one of those f—ing horses, […]

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Pennsylvania Farm Fires Kelsey Lefever

In the wake of Monday’s Paulick Report article detailing the criminal charges against Kelsey Lefever – the 24-year-old Honeybrook, Pa., woman accused of deceptive business practices and theft by deception involving an alleged horse adoption for slaughter scam – Great Scott Farm in Malvern, Pa., has terminated Lefever’s recently acquired position at the farm as […]

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Kelsey Lefever: ‘Every One of Them Is Dead’

Kelsey Lefever was starting to panic.  Less than a week earlier, on May 16, 2011, four retired Thoroughbreds the then 23-year-old horse trainer and broker was entrusted to find good homes for were discovered in the trailer of a known kill buyer at the New Holland horse auction in Lancaster County, Pa. Lefever sent a […]

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