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Rise of horse deaths at Santa Anita to be investigated by district attorney

Judy Chu, who serves in the State House of Representatives, also called for an investigation, stating 'until we know the horses are safe, the Santa Anita race track should be closed'.

ERIC SONDHEIMER: ‘PETA has requested that an investigation be conducted into the horse deaths as violations of the California cruelty-to-animal laws. In the three-page letter to Jackie Lacey, L.A. district attorney, the animal-rights advocacy group cited historical data but nothing specific about the current deaths of horses… The Los Angeles district attorney’s office assigned investigators to look into the deaths of 22 horses since Dec. 26.

“We’re happy to have them involved,” Baedeker said. “We can explain our current process and get them the information they’re looking for. They were happy to learn we have sworn officers, some of who used to work for the district attorney. We’ll get them what they need, as I’m sure anyone else in the industry will do.” In a news release, PETA said an investigation should look at trainers and veterinarians…

Judy Chu, who serves in the House of Representatives for the area of the San Gabriel Valley that includes Arcadia, also called for an investigation. She said the House Energy and Commerce Committee should “investigate and hold a hearing on the treatment of horses at Santa Anita and throughout our country. … Until we know the horses are safe, the Santa Anita [race track] should be closed”.’ SOURCE…

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