Horses Mutilated by Acid and Left at Auction

Two of the mutilated horses.
Two of the mutilated horses.

New Holland, Pennsylvania – The New Holland Sales Stables is no stranger to controversy and damaged horses.  As one of the larger auction houses for horses in the United Stated, thousands of horses are sent through the auction and on to slaughter each years.  Three horses were recently consigned to the auction that made the auction owner call the Humane Society, which referred the case to the Pennsylvania SPCA.

The three horses, Thoroughbreds ranging in ages from 12-18, had their upper lips mutilated by a caustic chemical, such as acid, to obliterate the lip tattoo.  All race horses in North America have a permanent tattoo in their upper lip to identify them, but with the acid destroying the tattoo, the SPCA is relying on DNA testing to determine their identity.

SPCA spokesperson Gillian Kocher told reporters the horses recover fine, and the SPCA is investigating as an animal cruelty case.  “It’s possible the person was obscuring the ID simply because they didn’t want to have the horses identified,” he said. “You can still identify them through DNA, but it takes weeks instead of minutes.”

Mutilated lip
Mutilated lip
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