Wild Horse & Burro Holding Facility, Pauls Valley, Oklahoma 7/5/13

Friday, July 5, 2013 - 18:45
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Animals’ Angels investigators stopped at the BLM short term holding facility in Pauls Valley to check on the conditions of the horses located at this facility. According to the BLM’s website, Pauls Valley serves as a resting point for animals arriving from the West and being shipped to adoption locations in the central and eastern United States. The facility has 12 different pastures stretching across 400 acres of land and can hold a maximum of 600 animals. All pastures have mature trees that offer shade for the burros & mustangs.  Several hundred horses were visible and most of them appeared to be in good condition. Some younger horses with warts all over their muzzle were observed, which should have been segregated from the other horses since the disease is contagious. A few horses were thin, however, large bales of hay were visible on each pasture.  A small holding pen area with loading chute was observed next to the office building and several white pick-up trucks with horse trailers were parked beside it. A sign advertised monthly adoption events at the facility.