SOURCE: CBS San Francisco
by Elizabeth Cook (Co-Anchor for KPIX 5 News)
MADERA (KPIX 5) — They were called Lacey and Squirt, two professional rodeo horses and beloved pets. But they ended up sold for meat on someone’s dinner plate overseas.
In a landmark case, a suspect has been charged with delivering at least one of them to slaughter.
The case is the talk of the town in Madera. Sheriff John Anderson has arrested a well-known businessman for an almost unheard of crime. “He will be treated no differently than anyone else,” Anderson said.
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Billy Ray Brown Jr., son of the owner of the local B and B Livestock auction, is accused of sending a horse called Lacey out of state to slaughter for human consumption.
That is a felony in California. A law was passed in 1998 to protect horses. This is the…
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