Police Investigate S. Fla. Horse Slaughter

NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade Police are investigating the gruesome killing of a horse whose body was dumped on the side of a road in Northwest Miami-Dade.

According to police, the carcass of a slaughtered horse was found overnight and dumped at NW 181st Street and 129th Avenue. It appears, police say, that the horse was killed at another location and its body disposed of on the side of the road.

An investigator told CBS4’s Maggie Newland that scene was disturbing. He added that the horses’ legs were removed and finding slaughtered horses is not uncommon.

According to Richard Couto with Animal Rescue Mission, an organization dedicated to stopping the illegal slaughter of horses, the dead horse was a 10-year-old thoroughbred and an ex-race horse.

It’s not known why the horse was slaughtered but South Florida has had its share of horse slaughters where people kill the horse for its meat which is then sold on the black market. The sale of horse meat is illegal in the U.S.

“The meat is going between $7 to $40 per pound in our state,” Couto said. “It’s a high commodity item and when there’s demand there’s going to be supply.”

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  • Dabble Dave

    RE: ” The sale of horse meat is illegal in the U.S.” is not true. Per google hits it is Illegal in California and Illinois. Also the USDA promotes consumption of Horse Meat and Goat Meat was another hit. In the 1970’s my parents bought some horse meet (Right here in Miami-Dade) that was legal and sold for dog food. Ground and cooked like hamburger it tasted great !

    • Juses Gonga

      umh dave, so I see you’re trying to justify the 2 pounds you have in the back of your freezer, right?

    • cheri56

      Need to update your info Dave at the time of your post (since 2007) it has been illegal and only just recent has that been ammended so it is again legal..

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