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Letter: Why did stables have to be closed?

A portion of West Hills County Park has

A portion of West Hills County Park has been sealed and is being treated as an "active crime scene" after Suffolk County officials began an investigation into possible illegal dumping at the park, officials said Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.

Investigating, testing and cleaning up the sites in West Hills County Park are necessary [“New dumping probe haunts LI,” News column, Sept. 4].

Why, however, did they force the closure of Sweet Hills Riding Center and the instant removal of more than 100 horses from the barn and paddocks?

There was no due process and very minimal information. This riding center is a positive influence for many children and young adults learning about horses, animals and the responsibility and care they require. The center teaches everyone compassion in a world that sorely lacks this trait.

There are so few stables left on Long Island. So what happened here? Why do the horses and people who love Sweet Hills have to suffer?

Virginia Matney, Atlantic Beach

Editor’s note: The writer has ridden horses on Long Island for more than 50 years.