Auctioneer 1st Man Charged Under California Law To Protect Horses From Slaughter (Video)
Summer Rose Tex should get jail time – long jail time. A brand inspector working for the state selling horses entrusted to her to slaughter goes beyond the pale. Disgusting. So glad anti-slaughter laws are actual working. In future, someone trying to make a quick dollar may think twice before doing this – at least in the state of California. ~ HfH
From: CBS San Francisco
By: Elizabeth Cook
MADERA (KPIX 5) — They were called Lacey and Squirt, two professional rodeo horses and beloved pets. But they ended up sold for meat on someone’s dinner plate overseas.
In a landmark case, a suspect has been charged with delivering at least one of them to slaughter.
The case is the talk of the town in Madera. Sheriff John Anderson has arrested a well-known businessman for an almost unheard of crime. “He will be treated no differently than anyone else,” Anderson said.
Billy Ray Brown Jr., son of the owner of the local B and B Livestock auction, is accused of sending a horse called Lacey out of state to slaughter for human consumption.
That is a felony in California. A law was passed in 1998 to protect horses. This is the first time that it has ever been enforced.
Brown is a familiar face at B and B: He is the auctioneer.
So how did he get Lacey? Detective Adam McEwen said his investigation started when Lacey’s owner reported her and another horse called Squirt missing.
The owner told the detective that he had given the horses to Summer Rose Tex, a brand inspector with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, whom he trusted, and whom he says promised to take them to Harris farms to retire.
But instead, according to arrest records, she admitted to the owner that she had lied about where she had taken them.
Tex admitted selling them to a horse dealer, who McEwen later learned sold them to Billy Brown.