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Illegal horse races, cruelty, investigated in central California

Sacramento news station KCRA reports on a new investigation into dozens of illegal horse races taking place every week in California's Stanislaus County. Undercover videos show a starting gate and photo finish for the unregulated races, which are attended by up to 2,000 people.

“We found stimulants like amphetamine, methamphetamine (and) cocaine,” said Dr. Scott Stanley of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. “In some cases, we found all of those in a single syringe.”

Investigations into similar allegations led to four arrests and convictions three years ago, but due to dwindling county resources there have been no active investigations since then. However, after viewing the recent videos, Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson said he plans to open a new investigation.

“It would take us some time and resources to be able to put together good cases and make arrests,” Christianson said. “But certainly at this point, based on what you've shared with us, we're going to start doing the research and looking at this issue.”

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