Dr. Judson L. Butler, 75, an equine veterinarian and co-founder of New York Horse Rescue, died Dec. 6 as a result of injuries he sustained when he was hit by a loose horse at Belmont Park in July. According to his wife, Mona T. Kanciper, Butler suffered a fractured cervical vertebrae in the accident.
Along with his wife, Butler helped establish New York Horse Rescue, which helps rehabilitate and find homes for retired or abused racehorses and pleasure horses.
A native and resident of Long Island, N.Y., Butler had a private practice and operated primarily at New York racetracks. Kanciper said Butler was a hoof specialist who was also involved in research into the use of hyaluronic acid to articular disorders and osteoarthritis in both horses and humans.
In addition to his wife, Butler is survived by a son and daughter. He requested memorial donations be made to New York Horse Rescue, PO Box 435, Manorville, NY 11949