New Dallas horse park head faced cruelty complaint


DALLAS (AP) - A new Dallas equestrian park receiving $12 million in taxpayer funds will be managed by a man who a former employee once accused of inadequately caring for horses.

Harris Wayne Kirk says disgruntled workers were behind the allegations at his Storybrook Ranch. A McKinney 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 later 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 the park opportunity and touted years of caring for and rescuing horses.

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