Judge asks for stay in case of wild mustangs rescued from Nevada-Oregon line

Wild Horse Running


RENO, Nv. –Citing the hardship of the government shutdown, Justice Department lawyers are asking a federal judge in Reno for a stay in a legal battle with wild horse advocates over hundreds of mustangs from a wildlife refuge on the Nevada-Oregon line.

The horse advocates say it’s a ploy to keep them from securing an emergency court order to stop the shipment of animals to a contractor they say has a history of reselling them for slaughter.

About half of the 400 horses that once roamed the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge are scheduled to be shipped to a contractor in Mississippi beginning Friday.