Florida Mare Found Butchered

A 15-year-old Florida mare belonging to a cancer-stricken owner was discovered dead, apparently butchered for meat.

Richard Couto, president and head investigator for the Animal Rescue Mission said that on May 31 the mare’s remains were discovered in a wooded area near Northwest 138th St. in Hialeah Gardens, Fla. The horse whose owner suffers from terminal cancer was found 200 yards from its stable, Couto said. The animal had been tied to a tree, stabbed and dismembered by an experienced butcher for its meat, he said.

"Whoever did this was either a professional butcher or someone who had butchered hundreds of horses," Couto said. "They knew what they were doing."

The incident is under investigation, Couto said.

Anyone with information about the incident should call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

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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