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Richard Couto of the Animal Recovery Mission speaks with the press after a suspect in an illegal animal slaughter bust was found guilty on 4 counts of animal cruelty.

Guilty verdict reached in Fla. slaughter case

The owner of a Florida farm in the cradle of horse show country was found guilty yesterday on charges stemming from evidence obtained in a months long investigation conducted by an animal welfare organization seeking to shutter illegal slaughterhouses. A jury of two men and four women returned a guilty verdict on two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, and two misdemeanor counts of killing animals, at the Palm Beach County Courthouse after a two-day trail of Jorge Garcia of Rancho Garcia. Following two days of testimony by the Florida-based organization The Animal Recovery Mission, including evidence centering on the allegedly torturous […]

Groundshaker, a descendent of Secretariat, and the last racehorse bred and raced by Penney Chenery, will be retired at Secretariat's birthplace. Pictured with Leeanne Ladin. Photo by Kathy Dixon

All abuzz for Secretariat’s birthday party

Secretariat’s annual birthday celebration this weekend is expected to be doubly exciting in the wake of last year’s Triple Crown victory by American Pharoah, an amazing horse whose lineage dates back to the legendary red racehorse who ran away with the Triple Crown in 1973. Leeanne Meadows Ladin, Secretariat Tourism Manager at the Meadow Event Park in Doswell, Va., says though the lineage between the two great horses dates back a long ways, it’s there, and that connection helps to underscore the horse who will be feted April 1-3 during the annual Secretariat Birthday Celebration at The Meadow. “When Pharoah […]

Susan Kimball and her OTTB Cricket. Photo by Vanessa Green, courtesy of Kimball

An OTTB partners up with a homicide det

A homicide detective with a wasting disease and an ex-racehorse who lacked the appeal to attract a new owner, each found their second chance, with one another. After Susan Kimball was diagnosed with Mitochondrial Disease, a rare degenerative disorder that can confine its victims to a wheelchair, she said goodbye to her longtime career with the Biloxi, Miss. police force, and in 2009, began looking for another outlet. “I was on the police force for 10 years and a homicide detective for eight of them. I was very passionate about what I did, and after I had to retire, I […]