"The entrenched abuse of our tax funds is demonizing the horses and more are rounded up, while close to nothing is being spent on better range solutions."
Reno - Advocate Monika Courtney is tackling a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) holding facility in Reno, NV., over its lack of shelter and basic care for rounded-up wild horses. Digital Journal spoke with Courtney and BLM's Debbie Collins on the convoluted issue.
Courtney, who has been exposing what she says is BLM cruelty for the past five years, told Digital Journal that animals at the federal government's Palomino Valley Adoption Center (PVC) in Reno, are being exposed to triple digit temperatures on a regular basis this summer, yet have no access to shelter in which to escape the heat.
"Horses are in there for a long time, until adopted," said Courtney, "it's obvious they need shade." With, "no enrichment, not even salt licks or mineral blocks, the paddock areas resemble feedlots," she said.
Debbie Collins from the Marketing and National Information Center for the BLM's National Wild Horse & Burro Program, told Digital Journal that during
the Aug. 6th public tour, "we pointed out the water troughs that had electrolytes and the salt/mineral blocks available in pens ... so, not sure if she didn't understand what they were, but they were very obvious."
Courtney: This horse will never have a future as it may be lame already. She was limping badly. Compliments of your tax dollars. Collins responded: The public was told why we had some horses at PVC with long feet during the tour. We didn't try to hide it. The tilt chute was down for a week and we couldn't do any hoof trimming. The public was shown the pen that would be shod the next day. Hoof trimming was shut down for the Aug. 6 public tour.
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