Lawsuit says vets altered dates on X-rays of auction horses

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A new lawsuit accuses veterinarians of falsifying the dates on X-rays of horse sold at public auction at the Keeneland racetrack.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the lawsuit was brought Tom Swearingen. He is a horse buyer and trainer who says he paid more than $400,000 for 24 horses from 2007 to 2016.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Fayette Circuit Court. It claims veterinarians altered dates to make it look as though X-rays were taken within three weeks of a sale when they were actually older.

The suit seeks class-action status, claiming that “thousands of buyers” have been duped by altered X-rays.

Michael Casey is an attorney for Hagyard Equine Medical Institute. That’s where the veterinarians named in the lawsuit work. He told the paper the case is without merit.

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2/9/2019 3:00:27 PM (GMT -5:00)

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