Horse Poachers Target of Community Watch Project

A community campaign might convince poachers that horse owners in Miami-Dade and Broward counties are on the alert to stop them, hopes Judy Paul, mayor of Davie, Fla.

At least 17 horses have been stolen and apparently butchered for their meat in Miami-Dade County since January. An additional two horses were found slain in their pasture in nearby Broward County in May.

The Davie campaign encourages property owners to post signs warning poachers that they are on the lookout for suspicious activity. It also encourages people to share information with police and with each other.

Barn Watch signs will be posted throughout Davie, Paul said. Similar signs are available for horse owners to purchase.

"I wanted to do something proactive to let poachers know horse owners are a tight-knit community," said Paul.

The campaign is the latest effort to involve horse owners in the search for the poachers.

Miami-Dade County Police encourage anyone with information about the horse poaching incidents to call Crime Stoppers at 305/471-8477 or 866/471-8477.

An $8,000 reward is offered for information leading to arrests and convictions in the cases.

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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