Sheriff’s Office investigating BLM conduct at Indian Lakes holding facility

Cross-posted from Lahontan Valley News

The Churchill County Sheriff’s Office has begun an investigation into alleged mistreatment of wild horses at the Indian Lakes Holding Facility, Sheriff Rich Ingram said on Tuesday.

Ingram said he received four complaints about the condition of some wild horses, particularly the foals.

Aleta T. Wagner of Denver was one of those who filed a complaint about the care of horses at the Indian Lakes facility, 10 miles northeast of Fallon. The complainants are especially unhappy with the lack of treatment provided to a four-day old foal, which was euthanized on May 16.

“I don’t feel they have the manpower (to take care of all the horses),” said Wagner in a telephone call with the LVN. “The care is not adequate at all.”

Wagner said she is an advocate for wild horses and is involved with several organizations that seek to stop wild-horse roundups in the West.

Ingram said the CCSO periodically visits the site.

“We went out to the site before the first load of horses arrived (late January),” Ingram said. “We’ll go out there again.”

Ingram has been in contact with the Bureau of Land Management’s Reno office, which conducted the Calico Mountain roundup this winter.

JoLynn Worley, a spokeswoman with the BLM state office, said her agency is aware of the complaint.

“BLM will certainly cooperate with any investigation,” she said. Read full article >>

6 thoughts on “Sheriff’s Office investigating BLM conduct at Indian Lakes holding facility”

  1. With the proper evidence the BLM will get whats coming to them !!! To let a sick Mustang die , with out food is illegal !!!! Inhumane , and a totally disgusting………….What goes around , comes around BLM…………………..

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  2. Filing a lawsuit like this is a big step in the right direction; I applaud Ms. A. Wagner;

    the point is:

    Rounding up any mammal and putting that mammal in a closed pen with no adequate Feed and water or NO ACCESS to proper feed and water is…..

    Illegal ! and this is what the investigation is about: BLM does NOT provide Hay to sick weak and downed mustang and truth be told…

    A MUSTANG 2 FALLON CAN LIE IN SAND FOR DAYS WITH NO HAY !
    and the BLM DOES NOT REPEAT DOES NOT BRING SICK MUSTANGS HAY!

    THE BLM LETS SICK MUSTANGS LIE IN HOT SAND FOR DAYS; case in point

    HOPE THE CALICO COLT was literally left TO ROT IN A BLM SAND PIT ! anne

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  3. It’s my understanding that investigations into government wrong-doing has to be sent to certain members of the government. However start up investigations can be started with local or county investigators. But if you want to get the ball rolling hire private investigators ( find a semi retired FBI agent) they will jump heads to in-house criminal charges. The least people involved the faster it will go.

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  4. Thank You Linda, i also have spent an entire (many)days getting shuffled around, Only I get hung up on especially at the BLM, i have written letters made phone calls the BLM believes that they are unstoppable, they can say and do anything they Damn well please to our Precious Wild Mustangs with no repercussions from anyone ………………… I have talked to many people at the BLM most are oblivious to what is really going on , Bob Abbey, will not and does not answer letters , phone calls, these people are totally disgusting, and they are skimming cowards to put it nicely……………. There must be an offical out there with the Ba**s they were born with that will step up and do what is needed to be done to the lieing , betraying , poor excuses for human beings at the BLM……………………………..

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  5. So I guess it takes complaints to the sheriff to get any action. I spent half a day on the phone with Nevada government agencies during the Pigeon Fever outbreak, and each one said to call the other. I finally was told to call a county agency in Churchill (Don’t remember which one.), and spoke with a woman who told me, in no uncertain terms, local agencies had absolutely NO control over ANYTHING the BLM was doing. She wasn’t at all concerned about the disease spreading, said it was none of my business anyway, and ended with, of all things, “Have a nice day.” If I could have reached through the phone line, I would have slapped her!

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