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post #1 of 28 Old 01-19-2012, 02:16 PM Thread Starter
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Angry Horse trainer sells horses to slaughter

Cops: Trainer sold more than 100 horses to slaughterhouse
By NBCPhiladelphia.com
A Pennsylvania horse trainer is facing felony charges after she allegedly sold as many as 120 horses to buyers for a Canadian slaughterhouse, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
State police say that 24-year-old Chester County-native Kelsey Lefever -- a well-known horse trainer and former Devon Horse Show competitor -- promised owners she could find good homes for their horses when they could no longer race, according to the paper.
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What she really found for these horses was a quick death, police say.
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They say Lefever was selling the horses she was in charge of finding homes for to contractors for a Canadian slaughterhouse. There, they would be butchered and sent overseas to be sold as food, the Inquirer reports.
Lefever admits to selling as many as 120 horses, according to the paper. Rescue groups that go to a weekly auction and purchase horses that might otherwise be sold for slaughter say Lefever was making about $300 a horse from the kill buyers.
A hearing is set for the beginning of February.
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post #2 of 28 Old 01-19-2012, 02:22 PM
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wow! That's sketchy. Why would she lie about finding good homes... Did she just do this for the money?
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I have no idea why or how someone could do this but it sure sounds like greed.
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I hope this woman gets punished for what she has done

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Question does anyone know

what we can do to get this story out. I would really hate for this to get swept under the rug.
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Something just doesn't sound right, IMO. Why would a top trainer, who, if she is what they say, would most likely have top clients with nice horses. Definitely worth more than $300. Typically when a trainer sells a horse they get a commission-and the owner gets the rest. So, what were the owners told happened to their "investment?" Were these horses that, for whatever reason, were now only pasture sound and being retired and she promised to "find them a good home"?

I agree this sounds bad, and word needs to get out, but I also think there is more to the story. WOuld love to know what the owners were told. Sounds pretty fishy to me.

Would be pretty easy for the former owners to go through the last few Camelot lots and look at the pictures for their horse.....unless they were sold directly.

Many, many questions. Definitely more than answers.

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The sending to slaughterhouses doesn't particularly bother me. The "don't worry-I'm going to find your horses a good home!" and then turning right around and shipping them does.

The horse industry is hard. People have to make a living however they can, especially if she doesn't have other means of income and doesn't have an education besides horse training. And as it says in the OP - what she found for these horses was a quick death. Flame me if you will, but I would much prefer these horses sent to a quick, relatively humane death than to sit starving in someone's field somewhere.

I think, without knowing the whole background, what she did wasn't the...best option. Surely to god she could have found some other way to make a couple bucks than conning owners, and yes, I do think if it's as black and white as the trainer taking horses with the promise of a good home then slaughtering them, what she did was bad (for lack of a better word). But I won't condemn her as twisted and evil without knowing more of the context.

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need alot more answers to even put a judgement on it sadly... right now it doesnt look good but there is def more someone is hiding
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Something just doesn't sound right, IMO. Why would a top trainer, who, if she is what they say, would most likely have top clients with nice horses. Definitely worth more than $300. Typically when a trainer sells a horse they get a commission-and the owner gets the rest. So, what were the owners told happened to their "investment?" Were these horses that, for whatever reason, were now only pasture sound and being retired and she promised to "find them a good home"?

I agree this sounds bad, and word needs to get out, but I also think there is more to the story. WOuld love to know what the owners were told. Sounds pretty fishy to me.

Would be pretty easy for the former owners to go through the last few Camelot lots and look at the pictures for their horse.....unless they were sold directly.

Many, many questions. Definitely more than answers.
She was "rehoming" retired race horses is what she told them. She had a "rescue" as well that she claimed to rehome the retired TB's from but she was sending them to slaughter. The people she was rehoming these horses from where giving them to her, some even gave her money and feed for the horses until they "found a home" she was telling them they were being used as hunter / jumpers, eventers, polo horses, and trail horses.

The sad truth is kill buyers are so desperate right now they are even trying to get horses from legit rescue orginizations. From what I know via my involvement with a few rescues and my friends heavily involved in them she was selling directly to the kill buyers and they were shipping directly from her farm.

It is not going to be swept under the rug the rescues are not letting that happen they are all very aware of what is going on and are pushing the media for as much attention as possible.
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I don't care about the emotional aspects of this.

What crimes is she actually charged with?

It can't be selling horses to a slaughterhouse. Because AFAIK that is legal so long as the horse you are selling is yours.

Fraud? Money laundering? Theft?
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