Source: as published in Ogden, Utah’s HeraldExtra.com
“he padded his pockets with work on the side and engaged in other questionable practices.”
“Hmmm, Utah State Slaughter Inspector AND a illegal Vet at Central Utah Correctional Facility’s Wild Horse Ranch? Looks like a perfect storm for ushering wild horses out the back gate for slaughter across the border, to me. Perhaps that angle should be looked into by the authorities, also. Remember, it was King who pushed for domestic horse slaughter in Utah, Click (HERE). Once a crook, always a crook” ~ R.T.
(P.S. from Debbie – It seems Bruce King was the veterinarian at Gunnison prison when many wild stallions were dying from the gelding process. This information was given to the National Academy of Science.)
OGDEN, — Utah’s chief state veterinarian and outspoken horse slaughter proponent Dr. Bruce King, has resigned after an investigation into a former employee’s allegations he padded his pockets with work on the side and engaged in other questionable practices.
King, who oversaw meat packing, slaughter and livestock inspections statewide, has ended a 15-year tenure with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. His resignation took effect June 1.
Ex-employee Wyatt Frampton detailed his allegations in a letter to the governor’s office in late March, prompting a two-month investigation by state auditors, the Standard-Examiner of Ogden reported.
Among other things, King was accused of making at least $2,000 a month extra by landing a contract to provide veterinary services at the Central Utah Correctional Facility’s Wild Horse Ranch. His annual salary was $96,000 at the time.
He also was accused of essentially having a free car and free gas during his entire tenure with the department. He refused to move to Salt Lake City when he was appointed assistant state veterinarian in 2006 and when he was named state veterinarian in 2011, opting to commute with his state car and state credit card for fuel, Frampton said.
Phone calls to King’s home in Axtell near Gunnison weren’t immediately returned.
A bill signed into law by Governor Gary Herbert earlier this year forbids the state veterinarian from engaging in the private practice of veterinary medicine.
“They’re not supposed to be competing with people they oversee,” the bill’s sponsor, Representative Ronda Menlove, R-Garland, told the Standard-Examiner…(CONTINUED)