OMAHA, Nebraska (Jan. 19) - A veterinarian will be in court next week to face accusations he injected horses with vodka to calm their nerves before races at Fonner Park in Grand Island.
In a story first reported by the Omaha World-Herald, Stewart denied any wrongdoing. He didn't immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment. A person who answered the phone at his Grand Island clinic said Stewart was in surgery Friday morning.
Stewart is alleged to have administered vodka to horses in 2005 - before the fourth race Feb. 20, the sixth race Feb. 27, the fifth race March 11 and the ninth race April 9.
Oh great, I just admitted in the other post that this is the town that I'm from.... At least that isn't the vet that I work for. Dr. Stewart has always been the black sheep of the vet community here, so this news doesn't really suprise me...Unfortunately he's really the only equine vet here in town.. Makes me glad I don't have horses!
Baligirl, you may very well be right. When Dr. Radney left to open her own practice, it caused some bad blood. They have been after each other ever since, from him badmouthing her to everyone that will listen to her turning him in to the state for not keeping appropriate logs of his controlled substances. Maybe the judge will take that into consideration. It's well known in town that the two can't stand each other.
even so, that is a pretty serious accusation to make against someone, unless they have the evidence to back it up. hopefully it is not true. i would hope that no one that is sworn to do right by animals, would stoop to doing that. but i also can not help wondering why, if this was done back in 2005, is it just now, coming out. were both of these vets working together back then ? another one of those things that make you go hhmmm.........
Funny little story, hope no one takes this the wrong way. When I was young I would take my horse to show at the County fair for the week.
Keep in mind this happened about 15 years ago, and the idiots involved were teenagers. Some BOYS that were trying to be funny, and before my Western Pleasure class they gave my horse some Jack and coke (this horse IS still a pig, will eat or drink anything you give him).
I went out in my class and when the ringmaster asked us to 'lope' my horse (named Leathal) started to buck about 10 times in a row (because he was obviously feeling the booze), but it was so slow that when he pitched me, I landed standing up!
The jerks who did that to my horse thought it was just hilarious. My mother did not, and they were sent home for the rest of the week.
This horse is now about 22 years old and no worse for wear from his spiked cola.