Horse deaths rise to 12 in BLM roundup |

Horse deaths rise to 12 in BLM roundup

CARSON CITY (AP) – Twelve wild horses have now died in a Nevada roundup directed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

The BLM on its website says four more animals died or were put down because of dehydration or water intoxication.

A federal judge has scheduled an emergency hearing on a temporary restraining order sought by animal rights advocates to halt the roundup in northern Elko County.

U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks will hear arguments Thursday in Reno.

The Bureau of Land Management suspended the gather in northern Elko County over the weekend when seven horses died of dehydration and water intoxication after being herded by helicopter on the first day of the roundup. Another horse broke a leg and was put down.