Horse deaths a concern
A state veterinarian says 23 horses have died in April at one Gorham farm and investigators suspect an outbreak of botulism.
Don Hoenig says the toxin is not contagious and may have been in the animals' feed.
State inspectors suspect that the bacteria grew in bales of baleage.
He says state officials learned of the horses' deaths last week. It does not appear the animals were neglected.
There is no test for botulism, but the horses all exhibited classic symptoms.
Honeig says concern now is proper disposal of the carcasses, which are buried at the farm.
The state wants to make sure the toxin does not get into the water.