On Sunday, a horse running at the Santa Anita Park track in Arcadia, California, was injured and euthanized. The loss of the nine-year-old horse marks the 26th death at this track since December. The gelding, Kochees, was the third horse to die after racing at the track over a period of just nine days, reports CBS News.
Kochees was injured during a race and was transported to a stall where his leg was splinted – the decision to put him down was made after veterinarians discovered that he had lost blood flow to the injured leg.
Officials have been trying to determine the cause of the high number of injuries and deaths at this particular track, which was closed down for much of March. So far, the exact reason for the ongoing injuries remains unknown. There is speculation that conditions from excessive rain could be to blame.
PETA has released a statement about horse racing in general – noting that the injuries and deaths are not confined to Santa Anita Park. PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo stated:
While national attention has been focused on racing deaths at Santa Anita, horses continue to die at tracks across the country. In New York alone, where the Belmont Stakes will soon be held and where PETA has 350,000 supporters, 15 Thoroughbreds have died while racing or training so far this year—and 148 died in the last two years.
Read the full statement from PETA here.
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