DALLAS 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 told The Dallas Morning News (http://dallasne.ws/1gtSy7v) in a story Sunday that 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.