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Kelsey Lefever Hearing Rescheduled

A preliminary hearing has been rescheduled in the case of alleged fraud that sent former racehorses to their death for meat.

Pennsylvania horse trainer Kelsey Lefever is accused of allegedly misleading clients who were looking for new homes and second careers for their thoroughbreds. Lefever allegedly told owners that she retrained Thoroughbreds for second careers and had a partner with an “excellent facility.” She also committed that she would never send any horse to be slaughtered, according to court records. Authorities state Lefever admits in a drunken call to sending more than one hundred horses to a slaughter buyer.

Lefever has been charged with deceptive business practices and theft by deception in connection with the deaths of four horses: Beau Jaques, Magickylie, Marek’s Czech, and Lion R Ess VP. The horses were shipped to Canada, where they were slaughtered for their meat for the international market.

Lefever turned herself into authorities in late November and was arraigned.

She is out on $20,000 unsecured bond. Lefever is now scheduled to appear on February 21.