Monday, February 11, 2008

 

Another Horse Perishes.........His Name Was "Clancy"












HORSE DIES AT CLINTON STABLES ASPCA denied health records; asked to do FOIL request
ASPCA Probing Stable Death of NYC Carriage Horse Told To File Freedom of Information Act To Obtain Records From Dept. of Health ASPCA Media Contact NEW YORK, February 8, 2008-The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) , in looking into yesterday's death of a carriage horse in his stable, has been told to file a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the New York City Department of Health, in order to obtain the horse's veterinary and other records. "This is unprecedented," said ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. "ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement agents have never before been asked to file a FOIA request in order to obtain records that would help to determine whether or not an animal's death is due to an act of cruelty." The horse, an eight-year-old, male Draft Percheron, was found dead at the Clinton Park stables on 11th Avenue near 52nd Street at approximately 10 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, according to stable personnel. The horse reportedly had not worked since last Saturday, February 2, and was being treated by a licensed veterinarian. The Department of Health reported the horse's death to the ASPCA today at 1 p.m. When ASPCA agents requested the horse's records from them, administration officials refused to provide information and directed ASPCA agents to file a FOIA request, which can be an extremely long process. [press release continues]

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