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"WYOMING Man Pleads Guilty to Selling Untitled Wild Horse".
On Aug. 16, 2000, a Wheatland, Wyo., man pleaded guilty to one count of violating his Private Maintenance and Care Agreement , Title 16 U.S.C., Section 1338(a)(6), by selling his adopted wild horse before receiving title to the animal. The individual sold the adopted horse to a horse trader, and the animal sebsequently ended up at the Bel Tex Slaughter Plant before being rescued by BLM law enforcement and BLM's wild horse and burro staff. Sentencing in this case is pending completion of the pre-sentence report by the Justice Department's Probation Office."
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NOTE: Any mustang being sold at auction MUST be accompanied by it's title. Check for the BLM freeze brand on the neck. Selling an untitled mustang at auction is a federal offense and not to be taken lightly.
Report Submitted by a Volunteer:
A BLM agent reported at a recent Pennsylvania BLM sale, that an agent was at New Holland on Monday, August 28th.
It was advised that if we ever see a mustang with a freezebrand in the kill pen, we can call the toll free number to alert them. Also he said that federal agents are in US packing plants and if they find a mustang, they confiscate it and track down the brand and who it was sold to. And at the US borders, the agents are supposed to do the same thing. Supposedly, New Holland has been fined many times for this, or so he said.
The Milwaukee field office covers CT, DE, NJ, NY, OH, PA
He also mentioned there is a holding station in PA but I couldn't find that in the info. In the adoption agreement they specify what types of fence you need, what kind of trailer you have to have but they do not require that a person geld the studs or not breed the horses. Does this make sense?
Our local paper did a story on the sale. All the horses looked well taken care of to me. Good weight and feet but a little dirty. They had been off the range for 8 months or so. BTW the agent also said that if you willingly fill out an application with intentions to sell to slaughter it is a federal offense and they do go after them. When I asked him if he thought a mustang sale would attract killer buyers his answer was that they were aware of the ones in and around the area (because of NH and other auctions) and they wouldn't dare show up.
This is all the info I have. Hope it helps. The local paper only had pics of the tamed one the agent was riding. She probably took a whole bunch that didn't get put in the article. Also they were on Good Morning America the
morning of the sale September 1, 2000.
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