Was it senseless cruelty, or was it revenge?
In a rampant act of violence, an unknown assailant attacked eleven racehorses at the stable of Tarlac congressman Jeci Aquino Lapus at the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite, at around 1 or 2 o’clock this morning.
Serious Susie was found with a knife still buried in her head; luckily, the feisty racemare is still alive. Joint Account and Lever Action sustained deep stab wounds in the ribs and shoulders. Eight other horses were injured in varying degrees of severity.
Equine veterinarians are now tending to the horses.
According to JAL Racing Stable head groom Gigi Dacanay, the Carmona police have already been called in to investigate the matter. There are no suspects at the moment, although speculations are pointing to a former groom who was dismissed by Dacanay some time ago.
“Baka nagalit sa akin ‘yung dating sota na hindi naming pinayagang lumipat ng bahay dito sa San Lazaro (A former groom whom I didn’t allow to transfer to San Lazaro with us may have gotten angry with me),” said Dacanay.
Cong. Lapus is indignant but thankful that none of the horses died. “Wala pa naman patay, I guess. Baka one or two grabe (I guess none have died yet, but maybe one or two are in serious condition),” he said in a text message. “The rest are okay. This was done by heartless individuals, whoever they are. The PNP (Philippine National Police) and NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) are on top of this.”
The congressman added that the matter has been brought to the attention of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
The news has gone around the small and tightly-knit racing community and all are aghast at the heedless cruelty done to innocent animals.
The security measures in place at SLLP are also being looked into. ***