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Judge rules Placitas horses not wild 

Placitas horses...not wild

From: Albuquerque Journal
By: Rosalie Rayburn

Placitas horses...not wild

ROSALIE RAYBURN/JOURNAL Feral horses search for grazing on land near the Sundance Mesa neighborhood in Placitas.

A District Court Judge in Albuquerque has ruled that the feral horses roaming Placitas are not wild and therefore fall under state livestock laws.

The Wild Horse Observers Association was seeking to stop New Mexico Livestock Board from picking up horses from private property in Placitas under a law governing estray livestock. The case asked the court to declare that the Placitas feral horses are wild.

Since last summer, the Livestock Board has picked up more than 50 feral horses from private property in Placitas at the request of property owners.

Judge Valerie Huling’s ruling issued July 16 said the Wild Horse Observers Association “failed to demonstrate that the horses at issue are not estray livestock and that the (Livestock) Board acted outside of its authority under the Livestock Code.”

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