Cross-posted from The Las Vegas Sun
Written and reported by the ASSOCIATED PRESS
A sheriff’s report on alleged mistreatment of wild horses at a government-funded Nevada facility has been turned over to a district attorney for possible prosecution.
Churchill County Sheriff Richard Ingram said an investigation was initiated May 20 after an activist filed a complaint alleging abuse and neglect of mustangs at the facility near Fallon, about 60 miles east of Reno.
About 1,900 horses were brought there earlier this year after a government roundup of the animals from the range north of Reno. U.S. Bureau of Land Management officials confirmed 83 of the animals have died there so far.
Ingram said the report was submitted late Thursday after his office interviewed BLM officials, activists and facility employees.
He said the report merely contains the facts of the case and makes no recommendations. The report cites a state law that makes “failure to provide proper sustenance” to animals illegal.
“We determined there was water and food provided and a veterinarian at the scene,” the sheriff said. “Now, the DA will make a determination as to whether or not the care being provided is sufficient under the law.”
Chief Deputy District Attorney Tom Stockard said his office has not had a chance to review the report but hopes to decide whether to pursue a case soon.
“Anytime there’s serious allegations made we want to go through it thoroughly,” Stockard said Friday. “We’re going to give it all consideration and make a determination as to the appropriate action.”
Aleta T. Wagner of Denver, whose complaint spurred the investigation, accused the BLM of providing inadequate medical care for the mustangs.
Wagner said she was especially upset over what she called the lack of care provided to a 3-day-old foal that was euthanized May 16. Three other activists later filed similar complaints. READ FULL REPORT >>
A huge thank you to hero for horses Aleta Wagner, Elyse Gardner and others.