Nevada Mustangs Saved From Slaughter at Sale

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RENO, Nev. (AP) - Wild horse protection advocates say they have successfully saved dozens of free-roaming horses in Nevada from the slaughterhouse by purchasing them for several thousand dollars at a state auction in Fallon.

Shannon Windle of the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund says she wrote a check for $7,720 to the Nevada Agriculture Department late Wednesday for 29 of the 41 horses the state captured southeast of Reno in recent weeks.

The state says they pose a danger to motorists on area highways.

Windle says she recognized at least two bidders at the auction who would have sold the animals for slaughter. But she's confident a group from nearby Stagecoach that bought eight horses and the individuals who purchased the rest will help protect the mustangs.