New BLM Vet Scandal Emerges

By Steven Long, Photo by Leslie Peebles,

HOUSTON, (Horseback) – A new scandal involving veterinarians working for the federal Bureau of Land Management is emerging in the wake of a report from the independent Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

The report was authored by Dr. Eric Davis. The national Examinar, a consortium ofonline  citizen journalists broke the news Sunday moorning in a post by Maureen Haromony.

“Succinylcholine is a paralytic and should never be used unless the person or animal will be artificially ventilated,” a physician told Horseback Magazine Sunday.

The story not only relates to a large number of deaths of horses, but also alleges extreme cruelty on the part of BLM vets during castrations procedures of stallions, a normally routine practice.

The report calls into question the large number of wild horse deaths at a recent “gather” in the Calico Mountain s of Nevada.

It comes in the wake of an exclusive story Horseback regarding the agency’s use of a veterinarian who is unlicensed in the state.

The death toll resulting from helicopter stampedes at Calico is now up to 160 horses and foals, including at least two

foals who lost their hoofs after being run miles over rocky desert terrain.

8 comments for “New BLM Vet Scandal Emerges

  1. August 24, 2010 at 5:57 am

    Day by day, it just gets worse!!! To HELL with whining about how our “tax money is getting spent,” we’d better start screaming and yelling REAL GOOD AND LOUD or there’s going to be more dead horses than are in holding. The H$U$ has been totally worthless in all of this. Oh my, but yes, Wayne Pacelli DID speak out against it….but anybody can “SPEAK.” The H$U$ has degraded themselves so low, but what they are letting happen here is unforgivable! I tell ya all, riots need to start. BECAUSE NOTHING FOR THE BETTER IS HAPPENING FOR OUR WILD HORSES AND BURROS! iT’S GETTING WORSE AND EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU KNOW IT.

  2. Morgan Griffith
    August 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    One of the worst nightmares I can imagine. Being cut open while you are fully conscious and unable to even move. These horses are already severely stressed and now you load them with a paralytic and do surgery with no anesthesia? It’s a wonder that every horse gelded hasn’t died. Again a testament to the strength of the mustang, not the “care” offered by the BLM. This is no different than horses in slaughter being still fully conscious as they are being cut. I know someone who underwent surgery and awoke during anesthesia but was paralyzed and unable to communicate that they felt everything. That was years ago and still affects this person.

  3. August 22, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    This whole ENTIRE situation is totally unacceptable, and you bet we’re all so frustrated to hear these details as they unfold! All this is on the “BLM,” for their “Honorary,” MISMANAGEMENT AND IRRESPONSIBILITY for the horses! They should FIRE all the so called “Vets,” that don’t give a damn and stop these roundups NOW!!!! SUCH SHAME HERE!!!~

  4. Equinevet
    August 22, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    This is an absolute outrage. Sanford and Kane need to take a big step back and get some remedial education.

    • August 24, 2010 at 12:00 am

      I think what they’re lacking is a heart rather than an education…

  5. Shirley
    August 22, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    And the fact that he gelded one stallion because he was a cryptorchid and was therefore sterile is indeed an oxymoron and he is a disgrace to his profession.

  6. hoofandpick
    August 22, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Pulmonary hemorrhage is a very serious complication in people and clearly in horses too as they died following the procedure. Pulmonary hemorrhage can lead to suffocation because the blood prevents the exchange of oxygen in the alveoli. This veterinarian should have known that these complications were a real possibility without the proper equipment. He should never have agreed to performing any procedure without the proper equipment. Poor judgment and bad decision on the vet’s part and the BLM for hiring a vet without adequate understanding and/or training in using anesthesia.

  7. hoofandpick
    August 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    This is so infuriating! The BLM can spend millions of taxpayer dollars unnecessarily for cruel roundups that terrorize and kill our wild horses but they won’t spend the money to make sure they have the proper equipment and top licensed vets to make sure our horses survive surgery? Is it also coincidence that the gelding occurred secretly during a BLM advisory board meeting? What was that about? To make sure that they killed as many horses as possible during the gelding procedure and to make sure there were no advocates there to see the mismanagement and malpractice? FIRE ALL OF THE BLM EMPLOYEES AT THE DOI. They are hazardous to the health of the horses and they are committing waste, fraud and abuse of our hard-earned tax dollars!

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