Settlement Reached in Florida Horse Deaths

Owners of horses that ingested recalled feed have reached a settlement with Lakeland Animal Nutrition Inc.

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Owners of horses that ingested recalled feed at the Masterpiece Equestrian Center in Davie, Florida, have reached a settlement with Lakeland Animal Nutrition Inc., regarding the deaths of six horses and the care of 16 others.

In October three horses died after ingesting horse feed manufactured by Lakeland (a subsidiary of Alltech). Further investigation revealed that the feed was contained monensin , an ionophore antibiotic used in ruminants, swine, and poultry that is toxic to horses.

Subsequently, Lakeland voluntarily recalled the products connected to the deaths, and later announced that they would cease manufacturing horse feed altogether. Since the recall, six of the 22 horses at the Masterpiece Equestrian Center have died in connected with the tainted feed.

Subsequently, the owners of horses residing at Masterpiece Equestrian Center have retained attorney Andrew Yaffa to represent them in restitution talks with Lakeland

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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