Oklahoma officials looking into alleged horse violations

images-9

A criminal investigation is under way into fraudulent veterinary health forms being used to transport horses through Oklahoma, the state’s secretary of agriculture says. The state’s multicounty grand jury is said to be investigating.

 

NewsOK.com /Michael McNutt | Published: March 26, 2013

Oklahoma state Sen. Al McAffrey, debates the horse slaughter bill at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City , Tuesday March 26, 2013. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma state Sen. Al McAffrey, debates the horse slaughter bill at the State Capitol in Oklahoma City , Tuesday March 26, 2013. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma agriculture officials confirmed Tuesday they are aware of allegations that some involved in the transport of horses to the state were using fraudulent veterinary health forms.

Agriculture Secretary Jim Reese said officials with the state Agriculture, Food and Forestry Department have not responded publicly sooner because the matter is being investigated by the state’s multicounty grand jury.

“We are aware of the complaints,” Reese said.

“We have chosen not to interrupt that investigation while it was going on.”

Reese said information was turned over to the state attorney general’s office.

The investigation, he said, is continuing into allegations of stolen property, concealing stolen property, transporting stolen property across state lines and other crimes.

An animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, criticized the state agency Tuesday for failing to act on evidence it presented that involved apparent fraudulent veterinary health forms in the transport of horses.

The horses were transported across state lines from Iowa through Kansas and Missouri, into Oklahoma, and finally to Texas.

Last year, a PETA undercover investigator rode along with a “kill buyer,” someone who buys horses and transports them to slaughterhouses or feedlots, the group said.

PETA said the kill buyer was caught on tape admitting that the test forms he carried “certifying” that the horses in his trailer were free of equine infectious anemia — a potentially fatal viral disease with no known cure or preventive vaccine — were those of other horses.

He said his veterinarian had taught him how to falsify the forms.

The potentially infected horses were unloaded into a feedlot in Stroud, which risked the health of hundreds of other horses, according to PETA.

The group said it also has submitted a complaint to the Texas Animal Health Commission regarding its failure to prevent the same kill buyer from bringing horses to that state.

 To comment – CLICK HERE (And please do comment on the newspaper site. McNutt is doing a great job in providing coverage of the Oklahoma issue. – Jerry)

AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
6 Comments
  • Debbie Tracy

    WOW>>>>>> WOW>>>>>>>> Finally stuff is opening up and being disclosed can’t turn a blinds eye anymore can they!!!!!!! All the hard working Organization I COMMEND YOU ALL!!! AND Thank You for all you are doing great work !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STOP HORSE SLAUGHTER NOW!!!!!

    March 27, 2013
  • janwindsong

    I am so proud of this man and doubly proud as McNutt is my maiden name. Seems he is cut of the same cloth in his love of the horses and drive to see justice done.

    March 27, 2013
  • Lorrie Roehm

    I am so glad this is coming to light! I have been waiting to hear of diseased/sick horses being slaughtered and their meat enters the food chain. Maybe now the horses/meat will be tested for equine diseases. Also chemicals from wormers, vaccinations, etc. Boycott Oklahoma, no slaughter plant wanted per Oklahoma citizens!

    March 27, 2013
  • sherriey

    and….OK wants to open a slaughter plant?
    yeah, right! they couldn’t even keep on top of the shippers…and don’t even tell me that this is the only incident and its never happened in all the other years before now….yeah….right!

    March 27, 2013
  • Gloria

    Glad to hear someone is on the job. Accountability is needed here.

    March 27, 2013
  • jo-claire

    Problem is horses going to slaughter do.not have to have coggins papers.

    March 30, 2013