Last Updated: 5:46 AM, April 12, 2010
Posted: 3:37 AM, April 12, 2010
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