DNA Testing to Identify Thoroughbreds
The Pennsylvania SPCA is investigating a case of animal cruelty after three Thoroughbreds were discovered at the New Holland Auction last week with mutilated upper lips.
The agency is working to find the person they say may have used acid to remove three bay horses’ lip tattoos. A Thoroughbred’s lip tattoo is a quick identification tool.
Like most crimes, DNA testing could help crack the case. It will at least tell PSPCA officials the identities of the horses. Then investigators will work to find the person who abused the mares prior to dumping them at the auction.
The mares could have ended up a statistic. Experts estimate 10,000 unwanted Thoroughbreds are slaughtered yearly.
The mares landed with Omega Horse Rescue. They range in age from 12 to 18 years old. Veterinarians are treating the mares’ wounds. The horses are expected to fully recover.
This isn’t the first time someone has allegedly tried to remove a horse’s lip tattoo.
A Thoroughbred was found at New Holland in August with her lip tattoo cut out of her lip. DNA testing revealed the mare is an 8-year-old Florida-bred Thoroughbred named Annabel Lee. The mare’s mouth has healed and an adoption is in her future.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the PSPCA’s animal cruelty hotline at 1-866-601-7722.