A Bovary Export representative has confirmed that some of the 37 horses destined for slaughter have been bought by an animal rescue group.

Brenda Ballas, speaking for Bovary, would only say that “some” had been purchased by a rescue group. Ballas declined to say how many or which group had bought the horses.

The horses were a herd of 41 estrays that had run wild on BLM land north of Greybull for at least nine years.

The horses were rounded up in March and turned over to the Worland Sale Barn.

After public notice the herd was sold by the Wyoming Livestock Board to the Alberta-based firm which slaughters horses for meat. The horses were delivered to the Glacier Livestock facility in Shelby, Mont.

The case has caused controversy among horse rescue groups, both local and national, and calls for measures that would give clear and timely notification to horse rescues, sanctuaries and interested individuals to allow them to bid on impounded horses or outright preference for sale to protection groups outside the bidding process.

Reportedly four foals of the herd were kept out of the sale and adopted, but their present whereabouts are unknown.

(Steve Browne can be reached at steve@codyenterprise.com.)

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