Humane Society releases findings in undercover horse abuse investigation

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Humane Society of the United States released details of an undercover horse abuse investigation Tuesday.

The group revealed findings of a new investigation at a Murfreesboro horse training barn, documenting the alleged soring and mistreatment of Tennessee walking horses.

A horse’s legs are intentionally injured to make the animal have a higher gait when soring occurs.

The organization claims that for the second time in four years, an undercover investigator found evidence of trainers soring horses.

The investigation allegedly found several horses slated to compete in a Tennessee competition were illegally sored, which could give them an advantage at the event.

Samples were taken of wrapping from horse’s legs that tested positive for substances that have been banned from use in the show ring by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as part of its enforcement of the Horse Protection Act.

All evidence collected in the investigation was turned over to Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. The office told News 2 its Criminal Investigation Division began an investigation into the allegations on August 3.

At this time, no charges have been filed against the farm. The investigation is still active.

The HSUS is urging Congress to pass the Prevent All Soring Tactics Act, which would strengthen the Horse Protection Act.

In August, the Humane Society purchased three billboards in Shelbyville to raise awareness about illegal horse soring.

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