Miami Horse Poaching: Another Arrest Made

A second Florida man is in custody in connection with two horse poaching incidents, including the death of horse in Miami Gardens butchered for its meat.

Miami-Dade Police arrested Santiago Cabrera, 19, on Monday in connection with a July 26 incident involving a horse discovered dead in a pasture apparently butchered for its meat. He later confessed to also taking part in the Sept. 9 Miami Gardens killing.  

Santiago Cabrera arrested for killing horses in Miami area

Santiago Cabrera

The arrest is the second from ongoing investigations into 20 horse poaching incidents in South Florida. Since January, the butchered remains of at least 17 horses have been found in Miami-Dade County. In May, two horses were discovered dead and mutilated in a field in Miramar. The horse in Miami Gardens was found dead and mutilated on Sept. 9.

After his arrest, Cabrera told police that he, Luis Miguel Cordero, and two other unidentified men were responsible for the two killings. Police charged Cordero last week in connection with the Miami Gardens incident. He remains in Miami-Dade County jail.

Police are seeking the other two men.

Cabrera is charged with armed burglary, animal cruelty, killing a registered breed horse, and breaking or injuring a fence. He remains in Miami-Dade County jail pending his arraignment.

A $20,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the horse poaching incidents. Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 305/471-8477 or 866/471-8477. All calls are confidential.

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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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