In the early hours of November 9, a shocking incident occurred at the Tioga Downs Casino & Resort in upstate New York, where a barn housing more than two dozen racehorses was set on fire, resulting in the brutal killing of the horses. Authorities have stated that the fire was intentionally set, and subsequent investigations have led to the arrest of a 32-year-old man from Athens, Pennsylvania, who has been charged with burglary, arson, and other offenses.
Tragically, one individual who attempted to rescue the horses suffered second-degree burns and had to be taken to the Robert Packer Hospital for treatment. The heroic person’s identity has not been revealed, but their bravery in the face of the horrific situation is commendable.
In response to the devastating incident, an online charity event was organized to raise funds for the victims of the fire. The event exceeded its original goal of $50,000 and had raised over $120,000 by the afternoon of November 11. The outpouring of support and generosity from the community and beyond has been overwhelming.
The President of American Racing and Entertainment LLC, the company managing the Tioga Downs Casino Resort property, expressed deep sadness over the tragedy and stated that it was an unexpected loss. The investigation is ongoing, and the company has refrained from making further comments at this time.
The Tioga Downs Casino & Resort is known for its luxurious amenities, including a 161-room hotel, casino, spa, fitness center, restaurants, lounges, pools, golf course, and event center. However, the devastating events of November 9 have cast a shadow over the otherwise vibrant and bustling property. The community and authorities are working to ensure that justice is served for the innocent animals who lost their lives in the senseless act of violence.