Clifton Park trainer suspended from harness racing after horse abuse charge

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
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— Following his arrest for allegedly abusing a horse, trainer Joseph D. DeCarlo has been suspended from harness racing activities by the state’s Gaming Commission.

DeCarlo, 46, of Clifton Park, was arrested by Stillwater police after an investigation prompted by a complaint from a Stillwater horse farm about an injured horse. Stillwater Police Sgt. Ray Cordani said a week of interviews and documenting the extensive internal and external injuries to the standardbred gelding led him to conclude that DeCarlo maliciously and cruelly overdrove and abused it.

The Gaming Commission handed down the suspension today and it is effective immediately. No end date was announced for the suspension.

Under the state’s Agriculture and Markets law, DeCarlo was charged with overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, a Class A misdemeanor.

The damage to the horse, which included external mouth injuries, required emergency medical care by a veterinarian. “The horse is recovering nicely,” Cordani said.

DeCarlo, who was issued an appearance ticket, is due back in court in September, Cordani said.

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