Update: The video report on this investigation is available for viewing at http://www.kcra.com/video/30385650/detail.html
We are occasionally rebuked for cross-posting more than our considered fair share of a news report, and this is the reason we do take a few liberties here and there with an extra paragraph or two. News stories disappear, and so does the information which is often necessary, sometimes critical, to our advocacy work.
A case in point is the story on illegal horse racing and its related cruelties, which we tweeted but did not post here, as we were going to do a bit more digging. However, that story — just one day later — is no longer on the news station’s website. There’s probably a good reason for that.
We see that the Paulick Report grabbed a bit of it before it went away.
Sacramento news station KCRA reports on a new investigation into dozens of illegal horse races taking place every week in California’s Stanislaus County. Undercover videos show a starting gate and photo finish for the unregulated races, which are attended by up to 2,000 people.
“We found stimulants like amphetamine, methamphetamine (and) cocaine,” said Dr. Scott Stanley of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. “In some cases, we found all of those in a single syringe.”
Investigations into similar allegations led to four arrests and convictions three years ago, but due to dwindling county resources there have been no active investigations since then. However, after viewing the recent videos, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said he plans to open a new investigation.
“It would take us some time and resources to be able to put together good cases and make arrests,” Christianson said. “But certainly at this point, based on what you’ve shared with us, we’re going to start doing the research and looking at this issue.”
From what we have been reading on Facebook and Twitter, this is not just a problem in Central California, but throughout the state. In common with illegal horse racing are the horrors of the equally illegal horse tripping, which routinely goes unnoticed and is not prosecuted. These types of events are usually conducted in out of the way places, with details of the locations closely guarded.
In the instance of the illegal horse racing, an investigation is underway, and we are very grateful to all the officers involved.
California is not the only state with this problem. At the end of last year, in Meriweather County, Georgia, 32 horses were confiscated in a raid that busted an illegal horse racing operation.