Avon beach on Hatteras Island

Avon beach on Hatteras Island

HATTERAS ISLAND, N.C.

The National Park Service has found there was no abuse involved in the June death of a horse during a commercial ride for visitors.

Four horseback riding services have a permit from the National Park Service to offer rides for a fee on the beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, according to the park’s website. A horse used in the rides died while in the park in June, according to a news release from the park. The name of the company was not given.

An inquiry into the death determined the horse was not mistreated, the release said. Park Service officials are not aware of any abuse of horses used on the riding tours, and there are no active investigations into any horse riding operations, the release said.

Jeff Hampton, 252-491-5272, jeff.hampton@pilotonline.com

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