Auctioneer 1st Man Charged Under California Law To Protect Horses From Slaughter (Video)

Summer Rose Tex

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

Summer Rose Tex

Summer Rose Tex and the two horses (Lacey and Squirt) she sold to slaughter.

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.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • I cried with Joy that FINALLY THESE SO CALLED PEOPLE ARE GOING TO PAY FOR Horrible Despicable crimes !!!! Throw the Key away !!!!

    June 6, 2014
  • They should all go to jail…STARTING WITH THE BRAND INSPECTOR. And every day someone should slice a part of their body with a knife, just so they know a FRACTION of the horrors these horses go through. OWNERS…THIS IS WHY YOU DON’T EVER GIVE A HORSE AWAY…NOT EVER…NOT TO ANYONE, without a written contract with built in monetary penalties and criminal statutes for fraud and horse theft AND the ability to REGULARLY check on the horse.

    June 6, 2014
  • Lisa

    these people have stolen and lied for so long, they forgot to look over their shoulder. It is about time the thieves were held accountable. It is going on all over the country. The people in charge stealing horses from good owners as well as neglectful homes,,, then allowing the horses to be sold and no doubt splitting the profit.

    June 6, 2014