Officials say Fort Erie racehorses won't be slaughtered

October 9, 2012 Updated Oct 9, 2012 at 8:01 AM EDT

By WKBW News
By Business First

October 9, 2012 Updated Oct 9, 2012 at 8:01 AM EDT

A trainer at Fort Erie Race Track says it's not true that the track's horses are headed for the slaughterhouse.

"It's 100 percent wrong. It's disgusting," Mike Newell says of the rumors. He was interviewed by the Niagara Falls Review.

The race track, which opened in 1897, will be closing at the end of this month.

Concerns have been expressed that hundreds of racehorses could be slaughtered, but Newell says that won't happen.

"There are obviously some horses that end up at places like that," he says, "but I think the majority of people here are pretty conscientious and look for good homes for their horses."

Rick Cowan, the chief operating officer of the track, agrees.

"They're part of our family and all of the trainers I know are going to find appropriate places for their horses, whether it be a hobby farm, as a show horse or racing in another jurisdiction," he says. "I don't know what the genesis of the whole euthanasia thing developed, but nobody (in the backstretch) believes it because they all know it's not going to happen."

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