The United States Trotting Association has filled the gaping accountability void left by the Indiana Horse Racing Commission by ruling this week to strip animal abuser Dale Hiteman of his license. For those unfamiliar with the case, please take a moment to read our post on Hiteman. For the rest, here is the USTA ruling:
“Your conduct is deemed detrimental to and reflects adversely and unfavorably on harness racing and on this association as specified in United States Trotting Association bylaw §1.04(a)(2). Further, this brutal conduct is evidence of a lack of general fitness and your participation in harness racing is not consistent with the best interest of the sport…. For the above reasons, the membership and licenses granted to you by the United States Trotting Association are revoked, pursuant to the authority granted by bylaw §1.08.”
This is without question an HW victory. We made the video and hearing public. We applied pressure (thank you to all who made calls and sent emails). But make no mistake, we are not done. This man needs to be criminally prosecuted for animal cruelty under the laws of Indiana. Please, if you have not already done so, professionally and respectfully ask the Madison County Prosecutor’s office to file charges against Hiteman.
Madison County Prosecutor: 765-641-9585
Prosecutor Rodney Cummings: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chief Deputy Prosecutor Andrew Hanna: email@example.com