Palomino Valley horses taken care of despite government shutdown

Reported by: Madison Corney
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Updated: 10/03/2013 11:44 pm
Palomino Valley, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Wild horse advocates claim horses are not being taken care of at the Palomino Valley Wild Horse and Burro center since the government shutdown.

Pictures, videos and Facebook posts, all claiming the wild horses at the Palomino Valley Center are suffering without food and water. Since the government is shutdown, there is no way to get a hold of federal employees or even the White House media line.

When horse advocates couldn't get through to the BLM, they called the Nevada Department of Agriculture, an organization that has no jurisdiction over the facility. Despite not having any authority at the facility , the Department of Agriculture stepped up and sent personnel over to see what was really going on.

Bob Conrad, Public Information Officer for the Department of Agriculture says, "One of our personnel went out to the Palomino Valley facility and did verify that the animals were cared for, there were contractors on site and that do care for them."

News 4 also went out to the facility and we found horses eating hay and drinking water. However, we did not find any employees on site, just a notice that the facility is closed and there's a number to call in case of emergencies. (775) 475-2222

While the horses are being provided for, we have not been able to confirm with BLM Officials who is actually coming to the facility to feed and water the horses. If it is BLM employees they are doing the work for no pay, while the government is shutdown.
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Nansea - 10/5/2013 11:13 AM
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Thank you Madison Corney, for fixing the story as it was reported yesterday morning. I tried to post a comment last night, but the original article had been pulled while I was in the midst of posting: There were NO half truths. The horses in the back pen had NO WATER. The line to the troughs was frozen, the water system wasnt working, the horses had NO WATER. If this news agency, or ANY news agency wants to report that this was a hoax, they're mistaken. Those horses had NO WATER, and if we hadnt stepped up and made a whole lot of noise, then they would still have NO WATER! Jeez, what is so hard for the non-believers to understand? Should we have just sat on our hands and done nothing, knowing the government was shut down? I'd like to remind everybody about the fact that these very same horses were made to stand in triple digit temperatures all summer to bake in the Nevada sun without any shade. I should trust that the BLM had made provisions for their care while the government shut down? They've already proven their track record in their ability to care for them, or NOT care them as the case was. The only reason these horses have water now is because we made a big stink about it, and we will continue doing so. Call it a hoax, call it a sham, call it whatever you want. The HORSES HAD NO WATER!

lilydog2 - 10/5/2013 5:17 AM
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R.T. Fitch has pulled his feed from you. There were well over 30 comments on that post. Why did he pull it? Were you able to access them? Horse advocates did exactly what good advocates do, they took action, had people on site, video-taped and educated your station, the Dept. of AG and another station about the situation. Yet you imply that we created a hoax. Please retract that assertion. We would do nothing to hurt our credibility or the horses.

lilydog2 - 10/5/2013 5:13 AM
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Quote from News 4’s report:”News 4 also went out to the facility and we found horses eating hay and drinking water. However, we did not find any employees on site, just a notice that the facility is closed and there's a number to call in case of emergencies. (775) 475-2222 While the horses are being provided for, we have not been able to confirm with BLM Officials who is actually coming to the facility to feed and water the horses. If it is BLM employees they are doing the work for no pay, while the government is shutdown. Excerpts from “The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Contingency Plan for Possible Shutdown of Government Functions” “In the event of a lapse in appropriations, the BLM will maintain a limited number of employees to assure protection of life and property. This will primarily involve Law Enforcement, but will also include monitoring for emergencies, care and feeding of animals under our immediate control, and inspection and enforcement functions to protect life and property (see attachment 1). Wild Horse and Burro Holding Facilities: The minimum number of employees needed to humanely care for horses are deemed essential. Employees are needed to oversee contractor work and to address animal health issues/communicate with veterinarians. Normal feeding 5 and monitoring of the health of the animals should continue. Non-essential tasks should not be undertaken. Only the employees needed for the care and feeding of the horses should report for work.” There were supposed to be BLM employees on site and in light of the fact that the BLM deemed employees responsible for the care of the Palomino Valley horses “essential” I would assume that they were being paid, not working for no pay as News 4 indicated. But they weren’t there, were they? They were not there to oversee the contractor work nor to ensure that the water was flowing or that there was hay available. Do your homework before suggesting that there was any hoax perpetrated on the p

morgansinkc - 10/4/2013 10:21 AM
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Here is the video taken where the horses didn’t have any water. You can see them milling around the water trough. You can hear some pawing and hear that it’s empty: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200985377169310&set=vb.304934532973547&type=2&theater Before you came out to cover the story, PVC had a big “heads up” they needed to be taking care of them, thank in large part to KTVN: http://www.ktvn.com/story/23601621/govt-shutdown-sparks-concern-for-palomino-valley-wild-horses Before the video where the horses had water was taken, they had a big “heads up” they needed to be taking care of them, thank in large part to KTVN-TV: http://www.ktvn.com/story/23601621/govt-shutdown-sparks-concern-for-palomino-valley-wild-horses Also, at 10 p.m. PDT the night before your stordy, the HSUS had already contacted the PVC. It’s all on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/humanesociety?filter=2 Thank you, KRVN for going out there. It was due to the fact that PVC knew you may be coming out that the horses now have their water. Thank you!

Dawn flint - 10/4/2013 8:19 AM
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Wow, So no one knew of the broken/frozen pipe that kept the horses from having water? Maybe ask the contractor at Palomino Valley BLM about that one. That is why we were all concerned for the horses.

chas holman - 10/4/2013 12:06 AM
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Speaker Boehner, why wont you let a clean CR come to the floor for a vote? Why are you holding even your own party hostage? Who is inside your pocket sooooo deep that it is worth you selling your very soul for? Inquiring minds want to know...
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