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Mound House / Virginia Range Horse Update: Friday, October 15, 2010… Have your cake and eat it too?

Posted by Texas Mustang Project on October 15, 2010


Here’s a Mound House / Virginia Range update for Friday, October 15th:

Hey Lesperance! So, you wanna have your cake, and eat it too?

Sorry, that dog just won’t hunt!

Yesterday, another horse was hit on US-50 near to Centennial Drive while crossing the highway to Hettrick’s field.  The recent rains caused a large puddle to cover a portion of the “painted” cattle guard and the horses learned to ignore it.  There was also a horse hit in the Damonte Ranch subdivision in Reno. 

In both situations, the Nevada Department of Agriculture (NDoA) prevented local citizens and groups from diverting the horses back into the hills.

In contrast, in Dayton horses have also entered a subdivision adjacent to US-50 when some fences were taken down to accommodate recreational improvements at the Santa Maria River Park.  However, in this instance the County and the adjacent developer took the lead and met with local citizens and horse groups – and they kept the State out of the issue. New fencing will be constructed that will not only enhance safety at the park, but will discourage horses from entering developed areas while still allowing access to the river for recreational users and rafting enthusiasts.

Such are the approaches that communities have historically used to mitigate “horse problems.”

NDoA Director Tony Lesperance was quoted as saying that the “department no longer manages the Virginia Range herd”.  My question is that if NDoA is out of the horse management business, why is the department preventing the local communities from doing so?  Kind of doesn’t make sense.

Also, I nailed NDoA for illegally selling horses.  There are FIVE Virginia Range horses presently at the Fallon Livestock Exchange.  The Department planned to sell them starting this coming week.  Yesterday, I hand delivered three weeks’ worth of newspapers from Storey County to the AG’s office showing that the legally required estray “pick up” notices and the required sale notices were never published in that county. TWO separate notices are required, the second being placed no sooner than the 6th “working day” following the first.

(Even though the horses are technically “feral” an estray notice is required when they are picked up just in case someone’s escaped private livestock were among the animals captured.)

“A notice of the estray, with a full description, giving brands, marks and colors thereon, must be published in a newspaper published at the county seat of the county in which the estray was taken up.”  NRS 569.070(2)

“before the Department may sell feral livestock, the Department must publish notice of the sale of the feral livestock in a newspaper published at the county seat of the county in which the gathering of the feral livestock occurred.”  NRS 569.075(2)

The legally recognized newspaper for Storey County is the Comstock Chronicle.

NDoA finally admitted that they didn’t place proper legal notices.  (They were placed in the Fernley Leader in Lyon County.)  After an argument in which she insisted that there weren’t any newspapers in Storey County, JoAnn Mothershead then tried to blame Daryl Peterson.  That came after I pointed out that an editor from one of the papers in Storey County sent me three weeks’ worth of the Comstock Chronicle that had all the legal notices for the county except NDoA, and I also mentioned that I had forwarded those papers to the Attorney General’s office.

Ms. Mothershead at NDoA said that the notices would be republished in the correct papers.

Also the horses sent to the Fallon Livestock Exchange were apparently neither branded or microchipped, another issue that needs to be resolved.

“Estrays and feral livestock must be marked, branded or identified with an individual animal identification before sale or placement.”  NRS 569.080(4)

Ms. Mothershead complained about having to deal with the Virginia Range horses.  I pointed out that except for having to publish an estray notice when horses are picked up, the Department could simply drop the horses off at one of the cooperating horse groups. On the 6th day following the publication of the estray notice the horses could be “legally” turned over to the group.  For that matter, the cooperative agreement could make the group responsible for microchipping the horses before taking legal possession, as well as require reimbursement to the Department for the costs of the legal notices.  Slam dunk.  Less hassle and no expense for the state.  No Virginia Range horses going to the kill buyers.

The problem appears to be that Tony Lesperance doesn’t want any of the responsibility but wants all of the control.  Ergo the horses and public continue to suffer.

Contacts:

NDoA, JoAnn Mothershead  775-738-8076

Attorney General’s Ofc., Edie Cartwright, PAO 775-684-1189

Fallon Livestock Exchange:  Monte Bruck  775-426-8279

“:O) Willis

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7 Responses to “Mound House / Virginia Range Horse Update: Friday, October 15, 2010… Have your cake and eat it too?”

  1. Linda said

    Willis, many thanks to you and your compatriots for your continuing efforts on behalf of these horses. In my opionion, your proposed solutions are so rational government types are too dense or preoccupied with their own power trips to even recognize them.

    It’s been said all politics are local. I’ve long thought the answers to many of our problems are the same. Effective change starts and ends with the grassroots. The states and feds are too busy posturing to serve their citizens.

  2. SHIRLEY LE GARDE said

    I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING IN SUCH POOR MANAGEMENT AND THAT INCLUDES NDoA, BLM,FORESTRY SERVICE, ETC. THERE SHOULD BE A COMPLETE CLEAR OUT FROM THE TOP. IF A COMPANY WAS RUN LIKE THESE THREE DEPARTMENTS THEY WOULD GO BROKE. IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS IS THE POOR HORSES THAT HAVE NO SAY JUST THERE LIVES AND THESE PEOPLE DON’T CARE ONE WAY OR THE OTHER. ALL THAT MATTERS TO THEM IS BEING A BIG SHOT. HOWEVER, I HOPE WITH THE COMING ELECTION THAT THE OLD GARBAGE IS PUT TO REST AND A NEW GROUP COMES FORWARD THAT CARES WHAT THE PEOPLE WANT AND ALSO FOR THE HORSES. THE WILD HORSE IS THE SYMBOL OF NEVADA BUT IT SEEM THEY WANT TO KILL IT OUT AND REPLACE IT WITH “NEVADA KILLER OF WILD HORSES” AND THEY CERTAINLY ARE HEADED THAT WAY.

  3. Leslie Peeples said

    I must say “Well done”. Where are the horses now?

    • Hey Leslie,
      I am actually not sure at the moment LOL… its been a heck of a past few days and due to even more issues coming up, I haven’t had the chance to catch up with Willis to find out for sure. Last update I got said they were at the Fallon Livestock Exchange but that they couldn’t be sold yet due to the lack of proper notification. There had been talk about getting a rescue effort together as most folks around the area are very protective of the Virginia Range herds. Likely, they will all end up fat and sassy in one of the pastures eating carrots and apples – without the cores of course.
      The biggest issue here is that we have to separate out who is responsible for what – that is, which gov’t official in the state of Nevada is the bigger horse’s ass. (Plz pardon the pun LOL) Right now, it seems that Gibbons, Lesperance, and their cohorts are the key players. More to come on this later.
      T.

      • Yep, Gibbons and Lesperance are behind all of this. Gibbons is a lame duck so he has nothing to lose. I’m told that Lesperance will leave with Gibbons so he has nothing to lose either.

        The “Fallon Five” are still at the Fallon Livestock Exchange. We’ll find out Monday if they plan to actually sell the horses or wait for the proper paperwork, etc. These livestock exchanges are great places to “sanitize” shady horse deals since they consider themselves to only be “consigners” and claim no responsibility. On Friday I sent the exchange a certified letter strongly suggesting that the exchange make sure that the horses are saleable before bringing them out onto the sale floor.

        The local horse groups are planning a protest rally in front of the Attorney General’s office in Carson City on Wednesday, October 20th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The theme will be “No Blind Eye to Corruption,” referring to the AG’s laissez faire efforts (or less) when complaints about public officials’ conduct are sent to her office.

        Meanwhile it would help if as many people as possible called the AG on Monday asking why AG is allowing the Dept. of Ag to continue to send horses out for sale unbranded and without the required public notices being published when they’ve known about the problem for over a year. If you can’t get an answer, (politely) demand a return phone call.

        Office of the Nevada Attorney General – 775-684-1100 email- mailto:aginfo@ag.state.nv.us

        The AG is up for reelection and all we’re asking her to do is her job and apply the same standards to public officials as were applied to the fellows who are currently training horses in the prison training prgram. So this is a “people power” kind of issue.

        Thanks.

        “:O) Willis

  4. reveil said

    Great job on helping the horses.

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