RENO, Nev. (AP) - Some 150 mustangs that had been set to be auctioned off for possible slaughter after their removal from the range in Nevada have been granted a reprieve.
With financial backing from Florida horse lover Victoria McCullough, activists acquired the animals Friday for $29,800, or $200 a head, from the Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe in northern Nevada
Plans call for the horses to be split up among advocacy groups and end up at homes in Nevada and California.
McCullough, chairwoman of the Chesapeake Petroleum board, rescues horses through her Wellington, Fla.-based Triumph Project.
A federal judge cleared the way Wednesday for the tribe to sell the mustangs over the objection of activists who claim the unbranded animals are federally protected wild horses that should not be auctioned off for slaughter in Canada or Mexico.
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