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Horses at Danada Equestrian Center get clean bill of health

Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 9:00 a.m. CDT

WHEATON – A four-month-long review of a county horse center has confirmed that the animals are well taken care of, according to a Forest Preserve District of DuPage County release.

The Danada Equestrian Center, which operates under the branch of the Forest Preserve District, came under scrutiny when volunteers at Danada voiced concerns about the treatment of the horses. A subsequent investigation by the District's veterinarian and an equine expert with ties to the District found they were in good health, but volunteers criticized its objectiveness, the release said.

Forest Preserve District Commissioner Shannon Burns said in the statement that a "third, impartial examination was the only way to put this issue to rest."

The latest assessment was conducted by an expert from the Hooved Animal Humane Society and a veterinarian recommended by the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. The release said that the exams were highly secretive, with Forest Preserve President D. "Dewey" Pierotti Jr. kept unaware of the proceedings until 15 minutes before they began.

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