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 >>