CARSON CITY, Nev. — (Jul. 12, 2010) The U.S. Bureau of Land Management suspended a wild horse roundup in northeast Nevada on Monday after seven animals died of dehydration and another was shot when it broke
its his leg in a holding pen.
Animal rights activists were outraged, saying the outcome was predicable given the sweltering temperatures and helicopters used to gather the animals.
The BLM said the animals appeared in otherwise good shape when two groups were herded by helicopter to holding pens in northern Elko County on Saturday. But the roundup was halted Sunday morning after four horses were found dead in the pens and others showed signs of colic and brain swelling.
In all, seven died of what the BLM called dehydration and complications from “water intoxication” that can occur when dehydrated animals drink excessive amounts of water. The condition causes colic and brain swelling, the BLM said.
BLM Director Bob Abbey said the agency was committed to treating the animals humanely and that the roundup was suspended so “options for minimizing mortality of horses weakened by dehydration can be assessed.”
Ginger Kathrens, executive director of The Cloud Foundation, a Colorado-based wild horse advocacy group, called the BLM’s actions “disgusting.”
The horses “were run over volcanic rock by helicopter for mile after mile,” she told The Associated Press.
“We’re talking about the hottest time of the year, the hottest month of the year. I’m not one bit surprised to hear that seven horses have died of dehydration. It’s what we’ve warned.” Read full report >>
Written by SANDRA CHEREB for the Associated Press