A couple days ago, Max Hartgraves of the Arizona Dept. of Gaming issued the following in regard to the heartrending end of Creative Plan:
“The stewards interviewed multiple individuals regarding Creative Plan and determined no rule was broken surrounding this case.”
And that, folks, gets to the heart of it: When animals are legally classified as property – things to be bought, sold, traded, or dumped whenever and however their owners decide – anything can and will happen to these poor, defenseless creatures, including falling into the “wrong hands.” Yes, it’s technically (legally) true that “no rule was broken”; morally, however, all those involved – Wade Rarick, Larry Watson, Curt and Debi Ferguson, Joey Prentice, Turf officials/vets, et al. – have blood on their hands.