RENO, Nev. (AP) — Wild horse advocates are back in federal court in Reno trying to block shipment of hundreds of mustangs gathered from a national wildlife refuge based on arguments the government has violated their First Amendment right to observe the handling of the animals.
Horseback Magazine photographer Laura Leigh testified in U.S. District Court Thursday that federal officials have kept her nearly two football fields away from the temporary holding pens at the Sheldon National Wildlife Refuge on the Nevada-Oregon line.
From that distance, she said can't even count the horses, let alone tell if they're being mistreated.
Refuge officials say a public viewing day planned at the pens last week was canceled due to the government shutdown. They say the site is otherwise off limits for safety and security reasons.
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