These horses were being shipped to Richelieu Meats. We can’t even begin to imagine the pain and suffering of these poor animals.
11:18 AM, May 7, 2013
TOWN OF LISLE — Thirty horses on their way to a Canadian meat plant perished in a Monday night tractor-trailer fire on Interstate 81 in the Town of Lisle, according to state police.
At around 8 p.m., driver Clarence J. Phelps, 56, of Watertown saw flames coming from the passenger side of the vehicle, police said. Phelps pulled to the shoulder just south of the Cortland County line and tried to extinguish the blaze, but was unsuccessful.
By the time state police arrived, the vehicle was engulfed in flames. The Marathon Fire Department responded and put out the fire.
Thirty horses, being transported from Shippensburg, Pa., to a rendering plant in Massueville, Quebec, died in the blaze.
The preliminary investigation indicates that the fire started after a passenger side fuel tank malfunctioned.
The New York State Department of Transportation and Broome County Sheriff’s Office also assisted the state police at the scene.
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