This is a sad story, and shows what can happen to horses when humans make bad decisions.
JOE DRAPE filed the following report for the New York Times:
The New York attorney general Thursday sued the directors of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, one of the largest nonprofit organizations devoted to retired racehorses, saying they had driven the foundation into insolvency and failed to provide the financing for the basic care of the more than 1,100 horses in their control.
The state’s top prosecutor charged that, as a result of the foundation’s failings, horses were starved and neglected and nearly 100 died in 2010 alone, according to a 35-page complaint filed Thursday in state court in Manhattan. The complaint outlines how the foundation took formal responsibility for more horses than it could afford, despite repeated warnings of financial distress from its own officers.
“New York and the nation need the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation to succeed,” Eric T. Schneiderman, the state attorney general, said in a statement. “But unfortunately, T.R.F.’s board has driven this vital organization into the ground, threatening its mission and the very horses it is supposed to protect. Despite my office’s efforts to encourage reform, T.R.F.’s current directors have proven incapable of turning around the dire situation they have created. The time has come to give new leadership a chance.”