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Re: wild horses shot to death in nevada
Having ridden with the wild mustangs in Nevada I think the best we could do
is each an every one of us send a dollar to that reward. You know if it
gets high enough some one will squeel. 2:05 PM 12/31/1998, Joie Rowles wrote:
>The recent post from Karen Clanin about the killing of these horses filled
>me with such emotion; tears to outrage and about everything in between. I
>can't recall when I have ever wanted to do SOMETHING about something as
>much as I do now; the only thing is, What do I do? My first response was
>to kill the person(s) that did this, but this goes against my pacifist
>nature(and after some reflection, I truely don't think this would solve
>anything). If it is true what the authorities think, that it was done by a
>'sadistic sickie' (see articles below), I am left to question what is
>happening to our world. Perhaps the best thing that I can do is to teach
>to all that I come in contact with as much love toward our selves and the
>other animals (and plants) with which we share our home (the earth) as
>the following are the full length articles:
>Psychologist Ponders Horse Killer
> By Scott Sonner
> Associated Press Writer
> Thursday, December 31, 1998; 12:43 p.m. EST
> RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Investigators completed the last field
>autopsis on 34 wild horses slaughtered in northern Nevada today and began
>trying to figure out what kind of person would shoot dozens of mustangs,
>leaving them for dead.
> ``It's hard to guess who would do something like this,''
>Washoe County Sheriff's Lt. Janice Lee said today.
> ``You don't get a good feel for it until you get up in a
>helicopter and see they are just randomly littered along the mountains.''
> Law officers found the 34th victim late Wednesday when
>they widened their helicopter search because dead horses were turning up
>the original shooting scene, apparently limping away wounded before they
> ``I believe we will probably find a few more,'' said Paul
>Iverson, administrator of the Nevada Division of Agriculture.
> Leaders of the investigation in the hills five miles east
>of the Reno-Sparks area were expressing growing confidence they would
>capture the horse killers as total rewards for a conviction grew to more
> ``We have some very good physical evidence,'' said John
>Tyson, a Storey County range management officer and deputy state brand
> ``I have enough good leads to fill up a folder. There's
>no question in my mind we're going to catch this guy or persons,'' Tyson
> Iverson, Tyson and other investigators have dismissed the
>possibility that the shootings stem from a dispute between ranchers and the
>government over wild horses competing for feed for livestock.
> ``I think this is just an act of wanting to kill
>something,'' Iverson said today.
> ``It has nothing to do, I don't think, with the ranching
> A leading psychologist in the area suggested a sadistic
>personality was at play. ``This is someone who takes pleasure in the pain
>of other creatures,''said Ole Theinhaus, chairman of the Psychology
>Department at the University of Nevada-Reno, told the Reno Gazette-Journal.
> All of the horses appeared to have been shot multiple
> Investigators started discovering the horse carcasses on
>Sunday about five miles east of Sparks. Several young colts and pregnant
>mares were among the victims, including one filly that was clinging to life
>but had to be destroyed.
> © Copyright 1998 The Associated Press
> 33 Horses Shot Dead In Nevada
> Horses Were Tortured And Shot At Close Range
> $25,000 Reward Offered For Information
> RENO, Nevada
> Wednesday, December 30,1998 - 08:01 PM ET
> (CBS) They were shot at close range with a high-powered
> rifle. Thirty-three wild horses slaughtered over the weekend -
> each shot numerous times by killers unknown...apparently
> shot for target practice. CBS News Correspondent Bill
> Whitaker reports.
> Members of a local animal rescue group were some of the
> first at the scene. They made a video, which was obtained
> exclusively by CBS News.
> "We only saw two horses at first," said Bobbi Royle, of
> the horse adoption group Wild Horse Spirit. "Then, oh my
> God, we saw another one. And then a fourth and a fifth.
> It was horrible."
> By Wednesday, the death toll had grown to 33, the biggest
> single shooting of wild horses in Nevada since as many as
> 600 were killed during a two-year period in the mid 1980's.
> "All of the horses appeared to have been shot multiple
> times before dying," Washoe County Sheriff's Sgt. Bob
> Towery said Wednesday after a helicopter search discovered
> the two latest bodies.
> A $25,000 reward was offered for information leading to the
> arrest and conviction of the killers who apparently used the
> horses for target practice several miles east of Reno.
> "This kind of stuff is just sick and absolutely
> senseless," said Paul Iverson, administrator of the Nevada
> Division of Agriculture. "Some of them were shot and left
> to suffer for a long period of time."
> Several young colts and pregnant mares were among the
> victims, including "one little filly still alive, probably just
> 8 or 9 months old," Royle said.
> "She was shot in the back and paralyzed," Royle said.
> "She could only move her front a little, her head. She
> had to be put down."
> Twenty-five of the horses were found in and around a valley
> known as Devil's Flat on Sunday and Monday. Six additional
> horses were discovered Tuesday.
> "I think it's absolutely tragic that somebody would
> come up and do this. These animals, you know, they're
> fine here. They're not bothering anybody," says one
> Some of the horses were maimed and at
> least one was tortured with sprays to the
> head from a fire extinguisher after being
> shot, Towery said Tuesday.
> "There's no rationale for it," Towery
> The horses were not technically considered wild horses as
> defined by the Federal Wild Horse and Burro Act because
> they did not descend from horses living on public land at the
> time the act was passed in 1969.
> Investigators do not believe the killings are related to
> long-standing tensions between ranchers and managers of
> wild horses over limited desert food, said John Tyson, a
> Storey County range management officer.
> State officials used a metal detector Tuesday to locate and
> remove bullets from the carcasses to be sent to a forensics
> "There's just total outrage. People are so upset," said
> Lydia Hammack, president of Virginia Range Wildlife
> Protection Association. "These animals are magnificent
> animals and I really can't understand how somebody
> can do this. It's a real sicko out there."
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