Photo Courtesy of Salt River Management Group

Photo Courtesy of Salt River Management Group

The Senate passed legislation today in a landslide vote of 27-2  that will provide protection to the wild horses that have been living near Arizona’s Salt River.

HB 2340, provides a mechanism to manage the herd of approximately 100 horses that live around the Lower Salt River and Saguaro Lake in a cooperative partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, the State Department of Agriculture , the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department and the public.

Rep. Kelly Townsend of Mesa, Arizona sponsored the proposal that will make it illegal to harass, shoot, kill or slaughter a horse that is part of the Salt River herd.

In February, the bill passed in the House where it will now return for final amendments before it will be signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey.

The preservation of the Salt River horses has had unrelenting support from the Salt River Management Group, The American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) , local and national advocates, and the Arizona community.

Thank you ~ we all have something to celebrate!

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