BLM RANCHERS CRUEL 2 WILD HORSES
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New Cruelty Charges in Fatal Castration Case The Associated Press
November 08 2006
A Utah man has been charged in the fatal castration of a wild horse. At least three people now face charges in the cruelty case.
Terry John Reid, 48, of Dutch John, was released on his own recognizance after an Oct. 31 initial appearance on charges of conspiracy to commit animal cruelty, conspiracy to kill a wild horse and being an accessory after the fact.
Two Kemmerer men, 40-year-old Clint Proffit and 41-year-old James R. Hoffman, were charged earlier with killing a wild horse, animal cruelty, conspiracy, property destruction, and defacement for allegedly performing the castration.
They, too, were released on their own recognizance.
Investigators said Reid had leased a ranch on Bureau of Land Management land and was branding cattle when the horse was castrated and bled to death on Feb. 9.
Reid allegedly told investigators he witnessed the castration and hauled the carcass to a spot about half a mile from the corrals.
Two charged with killing wild horseBy Gazette News Services
ROCK SPRINGS - Two Kemmerer men face a variety of charges after allegedly killing a wild horse by castrating it.
Clint Proffit, 40, and James R. Hoffman, 41, made initial court appearances last week on charges of killing a wild horse, animal cruelty, conspiracy, property destruction and defacement. Both were released on their own recognizance.
According to court documents, Bureau of Land Management officers interviewed Proffit, Hoffman and others who were present on Feb. 9, when the wild horse walked into a corral where livestock was being branded. Three other men, including Hoffman's brother Randy, of Woodruff, Utah, told investigators that Hoffman and Proffit participated in roping and castrating the horse.
Proffit and Hoffman both told investigators they couldn't talk about the castration, and Proffit allegedly told investigators he believed the horse died from a heart attack brought on by old age.
These are the kind of people our government is leasing our public lands to, so they can graze their privately owned cows. They say the wild horses HAVE TO GO because they are eating up all the grassland. What they fail to say is that the cows outnumber the wild horses 200 to one!
We say REVOKE ALL GRAZING LEASES ON OUR PUBLIC LANDS and give the land back to the wild horses. Set the ones "imprisoned" free, let them all be.