Day 3 Update
As of the end of day 3 Sheldon NWR had removed between 220-240 horses. An exact count of removals was not given onsite. It should be noted that only 5 foals have been taken confirming WHE observations of less than a 5% foaling rate at the Refuge.
Observation was slightly better than the first two days. However no meaningful observation to assess animals for injury was given at the trap. Sheldon continues to maintain that the holding facility (permanent structure) is off limits to the public. No assessment of condition or injuries possible. All photos required significant enlargement. Onsite it was impossible to determine appropriate actions during loading. Footage being enlarged and reviewed.
Operations on Thursday Sept 12 at the same trap site as Sept 11. Operations expected to continue at least into Friday.
Sheldon plans to remove all horses by next year.