PENNSYLVANIA — It was not illegal for Kelsey Lefever to bring unwanted horses to auction to be sold for slaughter. But it was illegal for her to tell the horses’ owners that she was finding them good homes, according to state police.
Police said Lefever, 24, of Honeybrook, advertised herself as a horse rescue. In May, she met the owners of four racehorses who could no longer compete on the track, promising them she would find good homes for the horses and would never sell them for meat.
Instead, she brought them to the New Holland horse auction in Lancaster County, where they were bought by a buyer from Shippensburg who brings horses to a slaughtering facility in Canada, according to court documents.
Police charged Lefever in November with theft by deception and deceptive business practices. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 6 before district judge Lowell Witmer, Allentown Blvd., Harrisburg. Continue reading >>