WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGE BELOW.
Local Colorado NBC News Ch. 11 reports:
- A mystery is unfolding at a wild horse inmate program facility in Cañon City.
Bureau of Land Management officials discovered 19 wild horses dead in a pen Monday.
Several other horses in the same pen appeared ill.
The BLM and veterinarians are working with state and federal animal health authorities to find out the cause of the illness.
Some of the horses that fell ill have been euthanized.
The facility has been quarantined while investigators try to determine what happened.
The Bureau of Land Management is investigating the deaths:
- Cañon City, Colo.(Dec. 4, 2012) — The Bureau of Land Management is investigating the deaths of 19 wild horses at its Cañon City Wild Horse Inmate Program facility. The BLM discovered dead horses in a pen on Dec. 3. Several other wild horses in the same pen exhibited signs of illness. The BLM is working with veterinarians including state and federal animal health authorities to investigate the cause of the illness.
Veterinarians have euthanized those horses in the most severe condition with a poor prognosis for recovery. Autopsies were performed on three of the dead horses at the facility, with additional horses and samples sent to the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Colorado State University in Fort Collins.
“As a precaution, we have quarantined the facility and will not ship animals out this week,” said Fran Ackley, BLM Colorado Wild Horse and Bureau Program Lead. “We are working with a veterinarian to determine the cause of the illness and prevent any potential spread to other wild horses at the facility.”
There is no estimate of when the lab analysis will be completed. In addition to the autopsies, the BLM sent water and hay samples to a lab for testing. The horses and burros are currently being fed hay from a different source as a precaution.
The BLM will release additional information as it becomes available.
Source: News Release
If you can stomach it, take a look at the images here (includes this one, left), taken from the Prison Wild Horse Training program, at the Stewart Conservation Camp near Carson City, Nev. castrating and breaking wild horses for auction. Photos by John Locher, © Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jul. 23 at 9:56 p.m.
Just when you think the treatment of our beloved wild horses cannot get any more barbaric. It is criminal. And yes, tax dollars are paying for this.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
1. White House phone numbers and link to email form on the right side bar.
2. The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign are seeking a meeting at the White House to address wild horse and burro protection issues. However, they are having difficulty securing a meeting with the Administration. They are therefore asking for grassroot support for their Petition to the White House to accept this request.
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