NYPD commander has three horses euthanized

Last Updated: 5:46 AM, April 12, 2010

Posted: 3:37 AM, April 12, 2010

Murray Weiss

The head of the NYPD’s Mounted Unit had three retired police horses put down at a Pennsylvania farm — as shocked veterinarians and animal-cruelty officials watched in disbelief.

Capt. Barry Gelbman gave the highly questionable order to fatally inject three of the Finest’s former workhorses while personally supervising the move of 30 police horses from the Abbottstown stable to two other farms, sources said.

The steeds — Danny, Willis and Richie Rich — were 15 to 20 years old but had life expectancies of up to 30. They were being treated for various leg ailments, which meant they could not endure standing in a cramped, 15-horse transporter for the 12-hour ride to their new homes in either upstate New York or New Hampshire

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  1. 2fasthorses · ·

    Disgusting! How can he do this? Doesn’t he have any idea of how to take care of the horses he rides? Idiot! What a waste of good horses. Hope he loses his job!!!

  2. linda badham · ·

    because they couldn’t stand the journey!!! he should have tried anyhow ! huge wrong done here, you wouldnt do that to a human so the same should go for horses. what a rotten man, and bet ya bottom dollar money was the real reason. he will get his come-uppance for this cruelty !

  3. Disgraceful…

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