Horse Poaching: Miami-Dade Police Investigate New Report

Law enforcement authorities in Florida are investigating the death of another horse apparently butchered for its meat.

Miami-Dade County Police discovered the horse's carcass July 19 after an anonymous tipster reported it lying near a roadway. The flesh from the horse's sides had been removed and its neck was mutilated.

The incident is the latest among a dozen similar horse killings in and around Miami-Dade County. In June, a rancher discovered two slaughtered horses partially buried in a dirt mound on his Miami-Dade property. In May, authorities found the butchered remains of two Paso Fino horses near the Miami-Dade County border.

Police speculate the incidents are tied to an illegal horsemeat market in Florida.

As the investigations continue, police encourage anyone with information about the Miami-Dade incidents to call Crime Stoppers at 305/471-TIPS, or visit crimestoppersmiami.com.  

About the Author

Pat Raia

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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