Thu Dec 19, 2013 04:46 PM CST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- New Mexico's top prosecutor filed a lawsuit Thursday in state district court in an attempt to block a planned horse slaughter plant from opening in less than two weeks.

The move by Attorney General Gary King comes after a federal appeals court rolled back a court order that had kept Valley Meat Co. from starting operations earlier this fall. Owner Rick De Los Santos has been making plans to open Jan. 1, and his attorney said Thursday that those plans haven't changed.

Attorney Blair Dunn called King's lawsuit frivolous and a waste of taxpayer money. Under ...

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