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PETA Files New Charges Against HBO's Luck

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HBO is just getting more and more unLucky…

Two months after the premium cabler shut down its horse racing drama, Luck is facing even more charges of improper horse care.

PETA has filed new complaints against HBO and co. after they received new deets from a whistleblower.

The reports from the whistleblower state that trainer Michael Chew allowed the following poor conditions to take place on set:

Horses were underfed in a bid to save money, with one 300 pounds underweight, and Chew proposed covering the protruding ribs of another horse with a blanket during filming.

Sick horses were regularly used in filming, with some ill horses disappearing from the set without explanation, and the trainer warned he could be charged with neglect.

Improperly trained, unprepared horses were used during racing scenes, putting jockeys and the animals at risk.

Horses were regularly tranquilized in order to keep them docile.

Wow…that is definitely NOT the way you're supposed to treat ANY animal, let alone horses!

HBO continues to preach safety and believes they did everything the right way.

The company says the following in a statement:

The safety and welfare of the horses was always of paramount concern.

While we maintained the highest safety standards possible, working closely with American Humane Association to review and improve protocols on an ongoing basis, it was impossible to guarantee no further accidents would occur.

Accordingly, we reached the difficult decision to cease production.

We'll see about that…

These charges should be taken seriously. We hope that every horse was treated fairly but these new allegations are not casting a postive light.

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