Horse slaughterhouse to sue AG for slander

Updated: 01/06/2014 10:51 AM | Created: 01/06/2014 10:49 AM
By: JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The owners of a Roswell company mired in legal disputes over its attempts to resume domestic horse slaughter have notified Attorney General Gary King they intend to sue his office for slander, harassment and abuse of process.

Valley Meat Co. attorney Blair Dunn Monday sent letters to the state risk management division, giving the required 30-day notice of plans to sue.

King has filed a lawsuit that has blocked Valley's planned opening this month. Dunn contends the state lacks jurisdiction over the federally regulated plant. A federal lawsuit brought by animal protection lawsuits was thrown out last year, and is currently on appeal.

Dunn says King is conspiring with the animal protection groups. And he accuses King's spokesman of making defamatory statements about him.

King's office didn't immediately respond to calls and emails seeking comment.

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