Message From the President
A big part of HSSF’s work is with animal law and legal issues—thus we are involved with attorneys, investigations, hearings, lawsuits (both as plaintiffs and defendants), and more. To not compromise any cases, attorneys advise clients to not discuss them, other than what is already public record. This means there are many aspects of active cases that are off limits, such as our puppy mill bust (currently in federal court) and others that are under investigation or await the County District Attorney’s decision—to prosecute or not.
In one federal case, HSSF is a co-plaintiff along with Front Range Equine Rescue, Marin Humane Society, Return to Freedom, and the Humane Society of the United States. It stems from a US Forest Service decision that could kill excess wild horses that the agency rounded up in northern California. A wild horse round up is fraught with injuries and death as horses from different bands are driven via low flying helicopters in panicked “flight”—terror-filled states with colts trying to keep up. Stumbling, falling, trampling as they are funneled into chutes and corrals which are new and frightening to them.
Normally, wild horses are released “with limitations” to new owners. One critical limitation is that California law clearly does not allow horses to be sold for slaughter or transported for such. HSSF is a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit because USFS decided with this roundup, it would allow excess horses to be sold “without limitation.” This means wild horses could be sold to what are known as “kill buyers” for as little as $1. To enforce California law, our Humane Officers must watch for stock trailers loaded with wild horses headed for Canada or Mexico—a 1,000-mile+ “slaughter pipeline” trip—that horses must endure without food or water... (Continued on Page 2)
Congratulations Officer Roach
In December, the Superior Court confirmed our appointment of HSSF Investigator Bill Roach to serve as our Humane Officer. Bill retired from the California Highway Patrol after 29 years of public service, beginning as road Patrol Officer and promoted to Sergeant in 1984. He managed the daily operation and as-sessment of four specialized undercover units. He is also a re-tired Colonel from a parallel 34-year career in the US Army Re-serve where he completed numerous Military Police command and staff assignments, one of which was the Commander of an elite Criminal Investigation Detachment. During this 3-year as-signment, he oversaw the operational activities of approxi-mately 60 CID Agents, responsible for conducting protective services details for high ranking Department of Defense (DOD) officials, as well as conducting global criminal investigations involving DOD personnel and military contractors. Bill brings a depth of experience to HSSF’s Investigation Division and we are fortunate to have him.