Tom Davis Walks Free

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DA won’t prosecute wild horse investor

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 18th, 2013 at Valley Courier
BY: RUDY HERNDON

Tom Davis at his corrals in La Jara, Colo. Photo by Dave Phillips

Tom Davis at his corrals in La Jara, Colo. Photo by Dave Phillips

ALAMOSA — Prosecutors won’t file charges against a La Jara man who allegedly admitted he violated the law when he shipped hundreds of wild horses beyond Colorado’s borders.

ProPublica reported last September that federal land managers sold Tom Davis at least 1,700 wild horses and burros since 2009. Yet after it sorted through state brand documents, the publication could not account for the whereabouts of almost 1,000 horses he purchased.

Davis allegedly told ProPublica that he shipped some of the federally protected animals out of state without brand inspections — a misdemeanor crime under state law.

Wild horse advocates subsequently accused him of sending the animals off to slaughterhouses, but Davis denied those allegations.

The Conejos County Sheriff’s Office went on to investigate records of Davis’ purchases from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), as well as his brand inspection activity. But the agency, which received help from state brand inspectors and the U.S. Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General, limited its review to the period of inquiry allowed under Colorado’s statute of limitations.

It found no evidence that Davis shipped uninspected animals out of state during that time, District Attorney David Mahonee said in a June 17 press release.

As a result, his office will not file any charges related to the matter, he said.

Read the article HERE

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
17 Comments
  • Leilani Clark

    Of course not. Anyone surprised?

    June 18, 2013
  • Daryl

    Tom Davis goes free, no charges are to made on him, but if one of us was to do some thing they would come after us 1 2 3, These SOB’s get off all the time, it’s not right and not fare to these animals who paid the price with their lives in a horrible death. Some one tell us who to write to and tell them how we feel, how un fare it is to the wild horses who are protected under law. Seems the horses are the under dogs again and we are with our hands tided.

    June 18, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    On another site, someone said Salazar is now working for BP, imagine that right?? ANd I read a bit ago where some of BP’s people where working in the Dept. of Interior so there you go it’s NOT just the cattle….

    this case with TOM DAVIS was on the get go put on hold for a reason they all must think we are awful stupid not to see this??? But see they really don’t give a sh-t cause they know they can get away with it……

    It was planned from the get go…. ( How long is Colorado’s statue of limitations? ) why did they even bother so it looks like they tried the idiot’s I’m sorry but I could call them all a lot worse than that for sure… ANOTHER crime against an animal gone unpunished… Makes me livid….. Corruption galore……

    June 18, 2013
    • sherriey

      corrupt! paid off! sleazy politicians!
      i’m with you!!! you said it all.
      sick of it! if it was you or i….jail time, fines!
      we need to take back our country from the corruption that breeds in the political circles! we the people….!

      June 18, 2013
  • shirley mix

    Not a surprise. Probably got kick back.

    June 18, 2013
  • Nancy B

    Thank you Jerry for being there and accepting these new, incoming horses and the donkey. People are just so sick and cruel. Sending love, light, and prayers for these poor, abused souls as well as all of you at Habitat for Horses. Hoping that their mental and emotional wounds will heal along with the physical wounds of body.

    As for Davis and Salazar… words escape me, just so totally disgusted.

    June 18, 2013
  • Nancy

    OMG! They thought it was an ok training method? Come on !!! If they don’t know any better then they are not safe to be in the general public!!! Or I know lets show them how it feels, & then they can decide how good of a training method it is! Is there any charges against these people? That is important to me. I feel & see what the horses etc. are going through I see it in there eyes in my mind can’t help it for some reason I can see it in my head & the fear they go through drops me into tears I feel it, so what is being done to these horrible people that do these things to these beautiful creatures? Cuz I will not stop trying to stop the abusers so i can sleep at night or have a wonderful day of peace along with the animals. I can’t express how much love I have for these innocent horses this world is so ugly to them all for there own selfish reasons. Don’t they see they have families & they bleed just like us! They are better then we are, that is for sure they know about unconditional love & to many of us don’t. thanx Jerry with much respect, Nancy

    June 18, 2013
  • Janet Schultz

    How does he go free? BLM is still investigating – aren’t they? I mean 1000 horses whose llocations cannot be determined!

    June 18, 2013
  • linda spinazzola

    we need to start a petition to force the to give a complete investigation and we want to know where these horses went to! we need to prosecute the people at the blm who were personally responsible for this debacle! we need to email…call…write… pressure! we have a right to know and to hold those who are responsible….accountable for their actions!!!!!!

    June 18, 2013
  • alittlesunshine

    David Mahonee is the PA for Alamosa County. The assistant DA is Harry Alejo. That explains the Tom Davis outcome. I had a personal experience with their office within the past few months regarding horses seized by Colorado authorities, and mysteriously there were no brand inspectors present at the seizure of over 60 horses. Any reason for no paper trail, boys?

    According to a state trooper who was an eyewitness at that seizure, not all of the seized horses made it to the “horse rescue facility” horse hater Scot Dutcher with the CO Bureau of Animal Protection calls “top notch. Several of the seized horses were hauled to a landfill and shot, others were hauled “somewhere else,” and the rest went to the “horse rescue.” I doubt anyone will ever find out what really became of the remaining seized horses that weren’t offed at the landfill. Horse hater Scot Dutcher was present at the seizure. Go to Harmony Equine Center and see the government-type USDA tags on every horse’s neck at its 9 million dollar donated spread.

    The Colorado Brand Office can’t find a single brand inspection for a single positively identified horse from that seizure. After I finally found the paper trail on a horse from Idaho I discovered on the Internet was involved in that seizure (Idaho brand certificates were fudged to hide where the horse really wound up – with a convicted animal abuser in Conejos County), said horse managed to disappear in Colorado in government hands and then at purported “horse rescue” without any paper trail.

    Meanwhile, the Alamosa County assistant DA calls seized horses “adopted children.” I wonder how many of those “adopted children” have wound up in one of Tom Davis’ meat trucks. Follow the money.

    I spoke with a Colorado brand inspector who quit because he said the brand office was so corrupt it turned his stomach; he was asked to write brand inspections for horses he didn’t even see. He refused to break the laws, and was threatened to get fired if he didn’t dirty himself and ride along with the corruption. He said “Bye!”

    I’m not surprised at all Davis wasn’t prosecuted.

    The newspapers don’t even begin to touch the truth.

    June 18, 2013
  • Mary Anne Gardner

    There’s some things we don’t know!!! It’s sad that when you try to do good nothing happens but someone like Davis gets away with this!
    I hope they will keep an eye on him where or not it matters!!!

    June 19, 2013
  • Daryl

    It all comes down to dirty dealings, and the horses get killed in a dump, or on a meat truck, this needs to be stopped it is We who should have a say in it. Look at this one thing the wild horses & burros, what else in Government is happening that we are in the dark about, being lied too? We need to call the numbers and flood offices of the government, let them know we are tired of it . Help from all to do this.

    June 19, 2013
  • Ziggy Pope

    Someone needs to send this to Andrew Cohen at the Atlantic.

    June 19, 2013
  • alittlesunshine

    What we need is an independent non-government identification and tracking system of horses, a database and ID system that is privately owned and managed, state by state, and coordinated state by state to work nationally with organizations such as Stolen Horse International (netposse.com). We need to start with domesticated horses first. This brand office/livestock board/state ag/horse racing commission/horse council/pro slaughter breed orgs like AQHA/fake animal welfare agencies and fake horse rescue corruption is at the root of it, and it’s all one big fat slimy racket with DA and prosecuting attorney shills at the bottom of the sh*t pile.

    Those who opt in for the private IDs and certificates pay a reasonable fee to their local state representative which helps run and maintain the database and the manufacture of the IDs, and percentages of those fees also resolve to horse rescues that are authentic, to hay banks (Food Stamps For Horses had a terrific program that government ignored but is a diamond in the making that can be made to work without government’s “permission”), and to funds for gelding, retirement/sanctuary and euthanasia. A percentage can also be put towards wild horse private sanctuaries to get and keep them out of government hands and mismanagement and give them their own private ID instead of that meaningless and worthless BLM freeze brand.

    The IDs will have built-in watchdogs – too many transfers will send up a red flag to warn against horse traders and flippers as a fraud prevention measure to help protect the horse from winding up at the obvious end point.

    This is a horse’s social security card – and a whole lot more.

    Also needed is affordability; discounts for LEGIT rescues and sanctuaries, and some freebies for promotion as well as for horse owners of every type of budget so those with limited budgets can obtain IDs too.

    These IDs can’t be forged, fabricated or “disappear” like so many brand records manage to, and serve as prima facie evidence of legal ownership because they are contracted by and with a PRIVATE nonprofit organization that cares about where that horse is and that care lasts a lifetime. Without these IDs no horse owner with integrity will want to use anything else as ID or to transport or transfer a horse for any purpose.

    How about it, Jerry? Texas is the perfect state for this foal to hit the ground and grow into a national champion.

    June 19, 2013
  • Ronnie

    And how much influence did Salazar have with “no charges” against Davis? Out of office, Salazar continues to get away with murder…of our horses, wolves…all our wildlife.

    June 20, 2013
  • Pat Martin

    They are protecting the folks at the Canon City facility who are complicit by allowing this to happen…follow the money trail back to the beginning, and this is where it leads. I agree that we horse people need to bombard the BLM and everyone involved clear up to Washington, DC, with our complaints. A grassroots effort on our part can bring about change!

    June 20, 2013