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WV racing officials say horse body was improperly dumped

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NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia horse racing commissioner says photos posted online of a euthanized thoroughbred racing horse surrounded by trash in a landfill should be a wakeup call for state leaders.

Bill Phillips served for years on the commission before being replaced by Gov. Jim Justice in 2017. He told the Charleston GazetteMail that the commission is underfunded and understaffed.

The commissions executive director, Joe Moore, said the thoroughbred named Bridget Moloney was catastrophically injured during a September race and couldnt be saved. He said there are no state rules for the disposal of racehorse remains, but Mountaineer Park Racetrack has procedures, and he says they werent followed in this case.

The commission took no formal action against the track, and a sheriffs investigation ruled out animal cruelty.



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