December 8, 2023

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After Laoban’s death, no charges to be filed against veterinarian

Laoban with Jose Ortiz aboard during the post parade before The Travers Stakes horse race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

The statute of restrictions might have spared veterinarian Dr. Heather Wharton a cost of animal cruelty in the loss of life of the stallion Laoban.

Woodford County Animal Control Supervisor Susan Jones expressed annoyance Tuesday she could not provide charges before time ran out final week on the 1-12 months anniversary of the WinStar Farm stallion’s dying.

But Jones said she even now expects the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners to take action in opposition to Wharton, likely such as the decline of her license.

“This one particular just slipped via our fingers,” Jones explained. “We did not get to do our usual time of investigation there. We did not get to communicate to the veterinarian because she experienced lawyered up, and her law firm would not enable us to discuss to her.

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“It really is extremely disheartening, extremely annoying.”

Woodford County lawyer Alan George also cited the brief window offered to investigate the scenario as a explanation no costs ended up submitted.