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November 20, 2013

Thoroughbred Charity Settles N.Y. Suit Over Neglect Claims

A nonprofit group that looks after former racehorses will revamp its leadership as part of an agreement to end a legal battle with New York State over allegations that animals in the charity's care were mistreated and neglected, writes the Daily Racing Form.

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation will make several changes to its board and hire a new chief executive under the settlement, announced Tuesday, of a lawsuit filed in May 2012 by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The foundation has also feuded with its chief benefactor, the estate of philanthropist and banking heir Paul Mellon, over management and veterinary issues.

The suit accused the charity of allowing care for the more than 1,000 aging thoroughbreds in its charge to deteriorate as it battled financial troubles. Diane Pikulski, the foundation's director of external affairs, called the claims "misguided and untrue." The settlement notes that the foundation and its officers deny any wrongdoing.