Update: Friends Help Raise Funds for Florida Gasoline-Injected Horse

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By Carlos E. Medina as published in The Ocala Star Banner

“It’s phenomenal that people came out on such a hot day to help Kate”

 Penrod drains hang out of Kate's wounds as she was well enough to attended the Poker Ride For Kate in Memory of Jolean Sunday morning, June 29, 2014, at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, FL. Doug Engle/Ocala Star-Banner
Penrod drains hang out of Kate’s wounds as she was well enough to attended the Poker Ride For Kate in Memory of Jolean Sunday morning, June 29, 2014, at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, FL.
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The story of Kate and Jolean, two Marion County, FLhorses injected with gasoline in early June, made international headlines.

Jolean, a Paso Fino, did not survive, but Kate, a spotted saddle horse, is slowly recuperating.

Drainage tubes in her neck near where she was injected with the fuel still release material that smells of gasoline.

“It’s not as strong smelling as it was at first, but there is a distinct gas smell,” said Leah Greenleaf, who owns Kate.

On Sunday, more than 100 horse…

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The Story Behind the Photo: An Officer and His Horse

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Source: The Official Website of the Boston Police Department

“As time slips through our fingers like grains of beach sand we are quickly brought around to yet another “Feel Good Sunday” installation.

Today, I would like to share with you a favorite of mine; a picture that speaks a thousand words. Being married to someone, and friends with others, who share their lives though the lens of a camera this particular story makes my eyes leak and tends to push me towards being a tad sappy, today. But that is why we are all here; for the love of our equines be they domestic or wild.

If your eyes begin to blur and a tear runs down your cheek don’t panic if a family member notices your moment of introspection…it’s okay to have a heart, to feel and to love and today’s story shows that quite clearly in a simple…

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Utah State Slaughter Veterinarian Resigns after Investigation

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Source: as published in Ogden, Utah’s HeraldExtra.com

“he padded his pockets with work on the side and engaged in other questionable practices.”

“Hmmm, Utah State Slaughter Inspector AND a illegal Vet at Central Utah Correctional Facility’s Wild Horse Ranch?  Looks like a perfect storm for ushering wild horses out the back gate for slaughter across the border, to me.  Perhaps that angle should be looked into by the authorities, also.  Remember, it was King who pushed for domestic horse slaughter in Utah, Click (HERE).  Once a crook, always a crook” ~ R.T.

(P.S. from Debbie – It seems Bruce King was the veterinarian at Gunnison prison when many wild stallions were dying from the gelding process.  This information was given to the National Academy of Science.)


Dr Bruce King OGDEN, — Utah’s chief state veterinarian and outspoken horse slaughter proponent Dr. Bruce King , has resigned after an investigation into a…

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Sheldon Mustangs Protected From Slaughter Past

it is so sad ,i might end up in a wheelchair but everything these guys know will be striped from them and their future families . so sad.

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Kidron today, our rescued Sheldon foal from the 2013 roundup. Kidron today, our rescued Sheldon foal from the 2013 roundup.

Sheldon Mustangs Protected From Known Slaughter Past

(DENIO,NV) Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge has issued a “stop work order” to a contractor that has failed to follow mandates of the contract to ensure Sheldon mustangs sent to them do not go to slaughter.

A case status conference was scheduled in ongoing litigation against Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) for July 1, 2014. The litigation brought by Bonnie Kohleriter and Laura Leigh, founder and President of Wild Horse Education, addresses both an historic lack of access to horse and burro roundups at the Refuge and Sheldon Mustangs repeatedly finding themselves in the slaughter pipeline.

In federal court John Kasbohm, Director of the Refuge, told the Judge that Sheldon changed it’s contract from the year prior and that horses removed in 2013 would be protected. Very quickly it was discovered that these “changes” were…

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Field Report: Life and Death ~ Wild Horses and Burros of Twin Peaks

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“Independent Field Reporters, Kathy Gregg and Jesica Johnston, have been back to Twin Peaks HMA on behalf of our wild equines.  Their report, below, is both beautiful and heart rending in the way in which it is presented.  Many thanks to these intrepid reporters and please spread the word as the last of our wild horses and burros need both your voice and your help.  Please click (HERE) to download report complete with photo gallery.  Keep the faith my friends!” ~ R.T.


LIFE AND DEATH
WILD HORSES AND BURROS TWIN PEAKS HERD MANAGEMENT AREA

Twin Peaks and Buckhorn Wild Horse and Burro Herd Management Areas Survey June 7th, 8th and 9th 2014
Jesica Johnston, Environmental Scientist B.A, M.S.,

Kathy Gregg, Environmental Researcher Photographs by Jesica Johnston

Twin Peaks June 2014

Introduction

Two experienced wildlife observers searched for three days for wild horses and burros and other wildlife in Northern…

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Ranchers are Scapegoating Wild Horses, says BLM Scientist

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Press Release from the Equine Welfare Alliance

Ranchers Want Our Public Lands for Their Livestock, and Want the Govt. to Stick It to Wild Horses and Taxpayers

EWA (Chicago) – The Cloud Foundation and Wild Horse Freedom Federation today released BLM livestock data for Beaver County and Iron County, Utah showing that despite a chorus of demands from ranchers for the removal of wild horses from the over-grazed range; the data shows livestock outnumber wild horses 10.6:1 in these areas.

Facts Don't Lie, Welfare Ranchers Do! (Click Image to Enlarge) Facts Don’t Lie, Welfare Ranchers Do! (Click Image to Enlarge)

“It is irresponsible and false for Iron County commissioners or anyone to claim that the wild horses in that area are having a significant negative impact on livestock and wildlife as some local news releases have indicated,” stated Bob Edwards, Range Scientist and 30 year veteran of the BLM. “Having been well acquainted with these areas for over 25 years…

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Sheldon, The Final Countdown

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One of the last free Sheldon Mustangs One of the last free Sheldon Mustangs

The final countdown has begun for the removal of wild horses and burros on the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

We have written numerous articles on the history of the horses and burros that inhabit the Refuge. You can access many of them here: http://wildhorseeducation.org//?s=Sheldon In addition we created a “stand alone” site to preserve the legacy of the Sheldon, America’s “War horse,” http://SheldonHorses.wordpress.com

Last week a case status conference was scheduled in ongoing litigation against Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) for July 1, 2014. The litigation brought by Bonnie Kohleriter and Laura Leigh, founder and President of Wild Horse Education, addresses both an historic lack of access to horse and burro roundups at the Refuge and Sheldon Mustangs repeatedly finding themselves in the slaughter pipeline.

Three of the last of the free Sheldon burros Three of the last of the free Sheldon…

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Sold in LARGE Amounts – but Cheap!

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by “Grandma” Gregg

“BLM is flooding the adoption market with burros to get their 3-strikes against them as quickly as possible so they can be sold for $10 each in large amounts.”

IMG_1296Per Lili Thomas, National Wild Horse and Burro Program, Reno Nevada Office, Horses cannot be purchased from BLM long term holding facilities except in “large” amounts.

“…Horses can be sold from sanctuary [long term holding] … but it does not occur frequently, and it usually has to be at least 30 animals…” Amy Dumas Program Manager, Wild Horse and Burro Program, Bureau of Land Management

“…when there were inadequate numbers of sale animals available at short-term holding corral facilities, loads of 20 or more sale animals were indiscriminately removed from long-term holding pasture facilities.” Sally Spencer

BLM WH&B Marketing

Our wild horses and burros are sold by BLM for $10 each (and shipped at the public’s expense) if they…

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Video: Wild Palominos on CBS News

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Guest Submission by Carl Mrozek

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Dear Mustang Lovers,

As the first bona fide Triple Crown contender in a decade,  California Chrome, garnered more press for horses than any other in years.   Had he won the Belmont Stakes last Saturday, the media coverage would have continued for weeks, and also in future years during the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing. Nevertheless, California Chrome did succeed in focusing the media’s fickle attention on horses, even if it was only for a few weeks.

One media opening  Chrome created was on the CBS Sunday Morning program, the day after the “Big Race”, which featured a band of wild horses that I filmed in SW Nevada, near the California border. Although great to watch, unfortunately with the weekly Nature Segment there is no opportunity to tell a detailed story since the nature segment has no narration and is “all…

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Federal Judge drops fraud charges against Thoroughbred trainer Webb

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Cross-posted from The Blood-Horse
by FRANK ANGST

Samuel Webb, one of three trainers and four people facing federal fraud charges following arrests in November at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, had those charges dismissed June 5.

U.S. District Court Judge William Caldwell of the Middle District of Pennsylvania dismissed both counts of a federal indictment against Webb, saying the government’s allegations failed to meet the definitions of the two charges.

The decision appears to be a blow to law enforcement officials who argue that drugging horses violates federal laws because races are sent out for interstate wagering. The argument would be that fraud occurs when bettors are duped into wagering against horses running with illegal performance-enhancing drugs or on horses running on illegal performance-detracting drugs.

But in dismissing the charges, the court agreed with Webb’s argument that the government was attempting to “convert a misdemeanor under Pennsylvania law…

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