New Dallas horse park manager faced cruelty charge


DALLAS (AP) - A new Dallas horse park receiving $12 million in taxpayer funds will be managed by a man who previously faced animal cruelty charges.

Harris Wayne Kirk says disgruntled employees were behind allegations of mistreating horses at his Storybrook Ranch in McKinney. A city animal control officer wrote in a 2011 report that most animals were underweight and without hay or pasture grass.

A judge ordered the removal of one paint horse. Prosecutors ultimately determined they couldn't prove a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to livestock animals.

The Texas Horse Park is scheduled to open next year. Kirk says he's had a "target on my back" over his opportunity to run the park and touts years of caring for and rescuing horses.

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