06 May 2010

Horse injured and euthanized on set of HBO’s ‘Luck’

During the April 30 filming of a new HBO series pilot called Luck, a racehorse stumbled and fell on his shoulder causing a severe fracture. After determining the condition to be inoperable, vets on the scene were forced to euthanize the horse.

An American Humane Certified Animal Safety Representative was monitoring the production and deemed the situation to be an accident.

"This was an unfortunate accident that was in no way a result of any mistreatment or negligence on the part of HBO," said Karen Rosa, vice president of American Humane's Film & Television Unit. "We are all sincerely saddened by this accident that happened after the final shot on the final day of filming for this show. Throughout filming, HBO has been extremely collaborative and responsive to the many safety guidelines and precautions we put in place."

American Humane is the authority behind the "No Animals Were Harmed"® end-credit disclaimer on film and TV productions. The organization has monitored the entertainment industry’s use of animals for over 70 years. American Humane acknowledges that “despite all precautions, accidents do occasionally happen, but as long as animals continue to be used in film and television entertainment, American Humane will continue to monitor their treatment and work to ensure their safety.”

Luck revolves around the culture of horseracing and stars Dustin Hoffman, Nick Nolte, Dennis Farina, Kevin Dunn, Kerry Condon, Tom Payne, and John Ortiz.

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