Florida Authorities Probe Miniature Horse Death

Law enforcement authorities in Florida are investigating circumstances surrounding the death of a Miniature horse discovered butchered in Northwest Miami-Dade County, Fla.

The incident is the latest in a series of slayings involving horses apparently slaughtered for their meat. Since 2009 the butchered remains of more than 20 horses have been discovered in Miami-Dade County. More recently, on Dec. 26, Miami-Dade County Police Department, police personnel discovered a dismembered horse which appeared to have been slaughtered at another location before it's remains were discarded near the canal.

Miami-Dade County Police Department Public Information Officer Det. Edna Del Castillo said that on Feb. 20 a police officer discovered the miniature horse's remains during a routine patrol in an area of Northwest Miami-Dade known as the C-9 Basin.

"The horse was found slaughtered and its legs had been cut off," Del Castillo said. "There is an investigation underway at this time."

Del Castillo could not comment further on the ongoing investigation.

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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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