Danish Newspaper Reports Police Notified in 2011 of Horse Abuse at John Byrialsen’s Viegaard Stud
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The Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet has reported that police were notified more than two years ago of alleged horse abuse at the Danish stud of John Byrialsen who was spotlighted this week after a video was posted on the Internet showing horses at the owner’s Polish farm starving so badly that some could not stand up.
After the video was posted by an employee at the Polish stud of John Byrialsen, Danish animal welfare organizations said they were unaware of cases at the main Viegaard Stud at Skals in Denmark.
Horses from Viegaard have been sold around the world. Among them is the United States Olympic team mount Calecto V.
The stallion Come Back II is owned by Viegaard.
The newspaper reported that a former employee of John Byrialsen had come forward to say she personally reported him to the police for neglect of horses in March, 2011 and that veterinarians had also failed to take action.
“It was commonplace to find dead horses around,” Ekstra Bladet quoted the fomer employee.
Police responded quickly to the complain at the time, she said, but John Byrialsen was ordered to clean up the property but allowed to continue in operation.
John Byrialsen said in a television interview in Poland that was broadcast Friday night:
“It is reprehensible. It should not happen and it happened. I have to take responsibility for it, because there is no one other than the owner of the company to do so.
“I blame myself. It’s my own fault. I should have been more down here. I’ve been busy with all sorts of other things… they are insignificant in relation to what has happened here.”
He said that economic problems over the past two years have sent him into bankruptcy.