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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Pa. probes if vet used gun to put racehorse down

By MARYCLAIRE DALE
Associated Press Sports

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Authorities are investigating whether a veterinarian used a gun to euthanize a racehorse at a track near Philadelphia.

The practice might violate rules at Philadelphia Park and racing-industry standards.

Pennsylvania Racing Commission spokesman Chris Ryder says his agency is reviewing the recent death, along with race track stewards and law enforcement officials.

One question is whether the veterinarian had a permit to carry the weapon at the Bensalem track.

Ryder says a gunshot can be an accepted manner of euthanizing animals when done properly.

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