Cross-posted from the Pueblo Chieftain
WRITTEN BY MATT HILDNER
ALAMOSA — District Attorney David Mahonee said Thursday he had opened an investigation into whether a La Jara man who buys wild horses from the federal government had illegally shipped the animals across the state line.
Mahonee, who had just returned from vacation, declined to discuss the details of the case against Tom Davis, adding that he had yet to receive all of the information from the state Division of Brand Inspection.
State Brand Commissioner Chris Whitney said his office is asking local prosecutors to charge Davis for failing to comply with a state law that requires a brand inspection before shipping livestock out of state.
Whitney said he interviewed Davis Nov. 6 and confirmed the violation.
Penalties could range from misdemeanor fines to felony jail time.
– Man Under Federal Investigation for Selling Wild Horses to Slaughter Houses Worked on Salazar Family Farm; The Colorado Observer; by Mark Stricherz; Nov. 16, 2012