MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – Animal rights nonprofit PETA sent a letter to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday asking authorities to investigate illegal gambling, drug use and doping by horses that she says run on a Frayser race track.
In the letter, the organization asks Sheriff Floyd Bonner to monitor illegal gambling and horses injected with methamphetamines and cocaine, electroshocked or subjected to other acts of cruelty over the coming weekend, when underground horse racing is to take place.
The letter also claims that a horse from this Memphis stable died of a “heart attack” during a PETA race filmed in Georgia, along with at least two other horses who have died since 2020.
PETA recently released a 10-month investigation into underground Quarter Horse racing at Rancho El Centenario, the largest black market track, or “bush track,” in Georgia, according to the nonprofit.
In the letter, PETA states that there are links between the unauthorized races in Georgia and the planned races in Memphis. The organization attached graphic video and footage from the Georgia investigation which it said “may indicate what may be happening” on the Memphis trail.
“Black market horse racing is a cesspool of greed, drugs and abuse and an indictment of the region in which it gets away with it,” said PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. . “Officials must not look the other way when tasked with enforcing the law, including the law against cruelty to animals.”
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