September 3, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Wild horse advocates have dropped a lawsuit challenging roundups at a wildlife refuge on the Nevada-California line after federal officials severed ties with a contractor the critics claimed were allowing some mustangs that were gathered to be sold for slaughter.
Bonnie Kohleriter and Laura Leigh of the Nevada-based group Wild Horse Education said in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Reno the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service couldn't account for the majority of the 140 horses J&S Associates of Mississippi rounded up last fall from the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge.
They were scheduled to go before Judge Mirandu Du on Tuesday, but confirmed before a status hearing they were dropping the case after the service notified J&S on June 23 its contract had been terminated.
Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or email@example.com.