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Hearing scheduled on restraining order sought by wild horse advocates to stop Nevada roundup

July 14, 2010 |  1:25 pm

Wildhorses CARSON CITY, Nev. — A federal judge has scheduled an emergency hearing on a temporary restraining order sought by animal rights advocates to halt a wild horse roundup in northeast Nevada.

U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks will hear arguments Thursday in Reno.

The Bureau of Land Management suspended the gather in northern Elko County over the weekend when seven horses died of dehydration and water intoxication after being herded by helicopter on the first day of the roundup. Another horse broke a leg and was put down.

Laura Leigh, a writer and wild horse advocate, filed a lawsuit Friday and followed with a motion for a temporary restraining order to stop the roundup.

The BLM says the roundups are needed because the horses are running out of food and damaging the range.

Wild horse advocates team with California winery owner to purchase 172 horses at auction
At home on the range (January 2010 opinion article by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar)

-- Associated Press

Photo: Wild horses graze in Nevada in 2009. Credit: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times

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