Oklahoma officials looking into alleged horse violations

A criminal investigation is under way into fraudulent veterinary health forms being used to transport horses through Oklahoma, the state's secretary of agriculture says. The state's multicounty grand jury is said to be investigating.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: March 26, 2013 at 11:51 pm •  Published: March 26, 2013

Last year, a PETA undercover investigator rode along with a “kill buyer,” someone who buys horses and transports them to slaughterhouses or feedlots, the group said.

PETA said the kill buyer was caught on tape admitting that the test forms he carried “certifying” that the horses in his trailer were free of equine infectious anemia — a potentially fatal viral disease with no known cure or preventive vaccine — were those of other horses.

He said his veterinarian had taught him how to falsify the forms.

The potentially infected horses were unloaded into a feedlot in Stroud, which risked the health of hundreds of other horses, according to PETA.

The group said it also has submitted a complaint to the Texas Animal Health Commission regarding its failure to prevent the same kill buyer from bringing horses to that state.