I’ve heard from many of you that the Madison County Prosecutor’s office has responded to your entreaties regarding Dale Hiteman. Thought I’d share my own interaction.
First, my email to them:
Dear Deputy Prosecutor Hanna:
I am sure by now your office has been made aware of a horse beating committed by trainer Dale Hiteman at the Hoosier Park racetrack on June 1 of this year. As I am the person who filed the FOIA request with the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC), and subsequently disseminated the information, I wanted to write to you directly.
We believe that a fair viewing of the video in question must lead to a conclusion of animal cruelty as defined by Indiana statute 35-46-3-12 (“Abusing Vertebrate Animal”):
“A person who knowingly or intentionally abuses a vertebrate animal commits cruelty to an animal, a Class A misdemeanor.”
Unfortunately, when it comes to industries involving animals, historically, county and state prosecutors have deferred to the relevant regulatory agency – in this case, the IHRC – in all matters of welfare. But not only are there typically conflicts of interest on these commissions – pro-racing inclinations if not direct connections to the people they’re tasked with sitting in judgement of – but the commissions by law have limited punitive tools at their disposal (fines, suspensions, but obviously no criminal possibilities). Hence, the critical need for intervention by your office.
I am including the video, the hearing (with a transcript that we commissioned from a court reporter) and my original post from our website. We are humbly and respectfully asking that you prosecute this man. This would truly be groundbreaking and would send a loud, unequivocal message to horse abusers that they will no longer be able to hide behind “common industry practice” and that the days of wrist slaps from racing commissions are over. (I have documented time and again Indiana drivers whipping so hard they leave welts on their horses – and the IHRC merely levies token fines.)
Please, Deputy Prosecutor Hanna, strike a blow for that poor young (just two years old) horse, who, by the way, is still under the yoke of Hiteman.
Hiteman video on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/QoE0WBzdkUU?si=2ukw65CMB6Qf1esc
Hiteman hearing on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsH-jvVBziU&t=1s
The transcript has been attached as a file below.
Thank you in advance. And please feel free to call should you wish to talk directly.
President, Horseracing Wrongs
And his response:
This case has been referred for criminal investigation.
All the best,