Two Horses Found Slaughtered in Florida

Investigators found the carcass of a gray Paso Fino on July 31 and the remains of a second horse on Aug. 1.

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The carcasses of two horses apparently butchered for meat were found this week along a roadside in Miami-Dade County, Florida. The incidents are the latest to take place in that state during the past seven years.

Since 2009, the carcasses of more than 50 horses ostensibly slaughtered for meat have been found mostly in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. In 2010, Florida legislation made it illegal to for anyone to slaughter a horse to obtain its meat. Even so, slaughtered horses’ carcasses have since been found in several counties.

South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SFSPCA) President Kathleen Monahan said SFSPCA investigators found the carcass of a gray Paso Fino on July 31 and the remains of a second horse on Aug. 1. Both horses might have been stolen, Monahan said.

“As I understand it, investigators believe the horse that was found on Aug. 1 had been reported stolen July 6 or 7,” Monahan said. “The other horse may match the description of a horse that was reported missing on (July 29)

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Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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