Judge blocks auction of unbranded horses
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Wild horse advocates are hailing a judge's ruling temporarily halting the sale of unbranded horses gathered by a Nevada tribe from being auctioned for possible slaughter.
The ruling late Friday by U.S. District Judge Miranda Du came the same day Du rejected another request to block Saturday's auction that was part of a separate lawsuit.
In a five-page order, Du said a coalition of wild horse advocates raised serious questions that animals were improperly rounded up by the Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone tribe under an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service. She issued a temporary restraining order and scheduled another hearing Wednesday in Reno.
Advocates say the unbranded horses are federally protected.
More than 400 horses were gathered last week and slated for auction.