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.