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Nev. mustangs saved from slaughter at sale

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 RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Wild horse protection advocates say they have successfully
 saved dozens of free-roaming horses in Nevada from the slaughterhouse by purchasing
 them for several thousand dollars at a state auction in Fallon.
   Shannon Windle of the Hidden Valley Wild Horse Protection Fund says she wrote
 a check for $7,720 to the Nevada Agriculture Department late Wednesday for 29
of the 41 horses the state captured southeast of Reno in recent weeks.
   The state says they pose a danger to motorists on area highways.
   Windle says she recognized at least two bidders at the auction who would have
 sold the animals for slaughter. But she's confident a group from nearby Stagecoach
 that bought eight horses and the individuals who purchased the rest will help
 protect the mustangs.
   AP-WF-01-10-13 0214GMT

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