By Mary Cella, HLN-TV
An American icon is in peril. The wild mustangs that roam the American west are rounded up by helicopters and forced into government holding facilities. There are about 50,000 wild horses and burros broiling in government pens and pastures.
Now, critics say that these animals are not being properly cared for during bouts of extreme weather, with temperatures over 100 degrees in some places. One facility near Reno, Nevada has been pinpointed by critics for not providing adequate shelter in sweltering heat. We reached out to the Bureau of Land Management, and they said they recently installed sprinklers in this facility, and have a vet visiting regularly.
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