An indefinite suspension has been given to Joseph D. DeCarlo, 46, a Clifton Park horse trainer, for animal cruelty of a harness track standardbred gelding. DeCarlo is accused of “maliciously and cruelly” overdriving and abusing a racehorse. His arrest by the Gaming Commission on these animal cruelty charges suspends him from all harness racing activities until his case goes to hearing.
After a complaint was lodged against DeCarlo. Stillwater police conducted an investigation into the allegation. Police determined that animal abuse charges were in order.
The gelding involved in the abuse suffered severe external and internal injuries to his mouth. The horse required emergency care from a veterinarian and is now recovering from his injuries.
Under the New York state’s Agriculture and Markets law, DeCarlo was charged with overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, a class A misdemeanor.
DeCarlo was taken in for processing. He has been released, with an appearance ticket, and is expected to appear for Stillwater Town Court.
Meanwhile, the Gaming Commission issued "a summary suspension" to DeCarlo that becomes immediately effective. It is indefinite, according to Lee Park, gaming commission spokesman.
An administrative judge of the Gaming Commission will make further determination if DeCarlo’s suspension will continue.
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