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They had lived in the hills of the famous old mining town in Virginia City for their entire lives. Now they found themselves crammed into pens at the Fallon Livestock Marketing, unaware of the terrible fate that awaited them if wild horse advocates were not successful in saving them.
But the advocates did not fail these Virginia Range horses, 29 in all, were saved from the cruelest of fates. Of the night, Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund reports:
All 29 wild horses picked up in Virginia City 2 weeks ago are now going to be safe and well taken care of. We spent more than the going rate again but the kill buyers and horses thieves didn’t get one of them!!!!
We should have pictures of them all in the next several days and will get those on our website (www.hiddenvalleyhorses.com).
Thank you again to all those who sent in their donations to rescue these beautiful horses!!!! There were a total of 4 foals, 12 mares, and 13 gelded stallions. They are mostly bays, but there is a black/gray appaloosa, a sorrel, and several black ones. And there are three yearlings and five 2 year olds.
They are all very beautiful and gentle creatures.
In the past two months, Nevada advocates have rescued 82 wild Nevada mustangs who were captured by the state from the Virginia Range, a mountain range that stretches from Reno to Carson City and beyond, and a place that wild horses have called home for more than a century.
Because they do not live on federal land, the Virginia Range horses are not protected by federal law. The state of Nevada, under the leadership of Governor Brian Sandoval, treats the historic and iconic mustangs like feral pests, capturing and removing them from their homes on the range, then dumping them at a livestock auction, where kill buyers purchase horses to ship to Mexican slaughterhouses.
JJ and his mom jessie: Virgina Range mustangs saved from slaughter,find safe haven at Colorado sanctuary.
It’s taken an outpouring of support from the wild horse community to save these horses. AWHPC supporters have been particularly generous, allowing us to send substantial funds to the local groups to underwrite this historic rescue.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
► Donate to our Virginia Range Mustang Rescue Fund. Help support the heroic efforts of local advocates who have saved 82 wild Virginia mustangs from slaughter in the last two months.
► Provide a permanent homes for one or more of these horses. If you or know anyone you know can offer one, please contact Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection immediately by clicking here.
► Contact Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval today! (775-684-5670 or 702-486-2500) and send him a message through his website. Tell the governor politely but in the strongest of terms that his Nevada Department of Agriculture's policy toward the state's iconic wild horses is shameful. If you are from out of state, remind him that tourism is Nevada's number one industry, and tell him that you will not spend your tourism dollars in his state until this policy is changed. Inform the governor that the continued dumping of wild Nevada mustangs at livestock auctions to be sold for slaughter is unacceptable. Ask him to direct the NDOA to work with local wild horse groups to place captured horses and to implement management programs aimed at keeping the Virginia Range horses in the wild, where they belong.
► Read more about the Virginia Range Mustang Rescue by clicking here.