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Arizona horse group drops lawsuit against Forest Service


PHOENIX — A lawsuit set in motion to protect wild horses along the Salt River has been dropped, said an animals right group.

The Salt River Wild Horse Management Group posted on Facebook that since the U.S. Forest Service no longer planned to round up the animals, it was letting go of the lawsuit “without prejudice,” meaning it could always refile.

Simone Netherlands, president of the group wrote:

“We have dismissed our lawsuit as a sign of good faith and to promote further negotiations. It is and has always been our intent to work with Forest Service officials, not against. Although the horses are not safe yet, the USFS intent has changed from roundup and removal, to discussing and exploring options to protect the horses.”

The suit was set in motion during the summer, after the Forest Service announced plans to remove the horses that have lived along the river for years.

The ensuing publicity pushed the agency to shelve the plan in a matter of days.

The social-media post noted that the nonprofit group planned to look into forming a public-private partnership with the Forest Service.

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