A fourth horse, a male yearling, who had appeared to have recovered, was euthanized last week after a stick became wedged in his hoof causing an infection. Stremmel says a necropsy is being conducted to determine if the yearling succumbed to the infection because of his food deprivation as a foal. A fifth horse was returned to its out-of-state owner.
During the emotional February hearing, in which courtroom spectators wept openly upon hearing of the conditions of the horses, a witness said Houseman told him he was bringing in pregnant mares - some of them from out-of-state breeders - to take advantage of Pennsylvania's
PA Bred" program that awards bonuses to horses born in Pennsylvania who win at state tracks.