Officials Arrest Operator In Illegal Slaughterhouse Raid

Brutal Animal Cruelty, Potential Pollution and Health Safety Issues Uncovered

MIAMI (CBS4)- Officials arrested a man who they said operated an illegal slaughterhouse in Hialeah, committing brutal animal cruelty, and causing potential pollution and health safety issues.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and the Hialeah Police Department arrested Rudesindo “Rudy” Acosta, the prime operator of an illegal slaughterhouse located in Hialeah.

According to officials, they became aware of several farms operating within the City of Hialeah that were illegally slaughtering animals, and were doing so “in a cruel and inhumane manner, which resulted in acute pain and suffering the animals in violation of the Florida Humane Slaughter Act.”

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said the slaughterhouse violated the state’s animal cruelty laws.

“The brutality of what so casually occurs at an illegal slaughterhouse shocks the senses,” said Fernandez Rundle. “Brutally beating an animal with a sledge hammer as it squeals out in pain and then stabbing it repeatedly for profit, violates every concept of Florida’s animal cruelty laws. No legitimate slaughterhouse operator or any self-respecting farmer would treat their livestock in such a ghastly manner.”

Undercover video was taken of some of the witnessed incidents, which included the repeated beating of the animals with sledgehammers and stabbing with knives, officials said.

Additionally, the unsanitary conditions of the illegal slaughterhouse allowed blood and other animal fluids to consistently seep into the ground, potentially endangering the water quality of the City of Hialeah.

Officials charged Acosta with three counts of animal cruelty, one count of use of a firearm during the commission of a felony, 40 counts of animal confinement and three counts of conspiracy to commit the aforementioned.

The illegal slaughterhouse existed on land zoned as raw agricultural land, which means that no physical structures of any kind, not even a fence, were legally permitted to exist, according to officials.

The investigation led officials to discover that the property on which the animals were being butchered is not owned by Rudy Acosta.

“Only during the course of the investigation was it learned that Mr. Acosta had actually usurped an isolated piece of City of Hialeah property for his own private and illegal use,” a press release from the department said.

Hialeah Police Chief Mark Overton added, “What concerns me is we’re dealing with a public safety issue; there’s no telling what health hazards families are exposed to when they consume meats sold by these unregulated slaughterhouses.”

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  1. mark says:

    Sick of Cubans yet ? I am !

  2. Onelia Martin says:

    Oh come on how do you think publix gets there meat, it doesnt fall from the sky. They should concentrate on other things

  3. Phil Landers says:

    How much is that doggie on the menu . . . . . .

  4. HomeSweetHome says:

    To Onelia Martin. . . How Publix gets it meat is through licensed slaughter houses which has to maintain a humane way of producing edible meat as well as keeping the place clean. . .certainly not in the context that these Hialeah heathens illegally slaughtered animals. . .if you don’t see this then you are part and parcel of the problem..

    1. Mike Lowery says:

      To HomeSweetHome. . . . .Do you know the way slaughterhouses kill animals? I’ll tell you. They apply an electric shock or bolt pistol to stun the animal and knife the carotid artery. Is that what you mean by Humane? Have ever cooked a live lobster? These things happen every day. Drama Queen Richard Couto gets on tv and all of sudden everybodies shocked. how do you think meat, chicken, lobster………… get to your table.

  5. Larry says:

    Ha ha, this guy thought he was back in Cuba.

    1. Sal says:

      Larry

      “Ha ha, this guy thought he was back in Cuba.”

      —————————————————————

      Have you been to Hialeah ? In many ways ESP political corruption and lowest police standards I have ever seen, I would say it is like being in Cuba.

  6. Luke Thomas says:

    Did you know some people get sexually aroused with torture, agony and snuff.

  7. tomtom1 says:

    if you live in dade county you better become one. i really dislike thier culture wish they would take it back to cuba. ican why fidel thru them out

  8. Stan Moscat says:

    how is it that it took two years to stop this when they had enough proof on him in one day so why wait two years something stinks with the police and cith hall bums the state should look into this big jail time for all the dirtbags yes the police and city hall dirt bags

  9. Sal says:

    As a whole Fernandez Rundle is weak and Miami-dade needs a much tougher and stronger attorney .

    Lawlessness thrives here in part due to her weakness. She should have been voted out long time ago.

    1. FYI says:

      She is in there to protect her own.

  10. Mike Lowery says:

    Do you know the way slaughterhouses kill animals? I’ll tell you. They apply an electric shock or bolt pistol to stun the animal and knife the carotid artery. Is that what you mean by Humane? Have ever cooked a live lobster? These things happen every day. Drama Queen Richard Couto gets on tv and all of sudden everybodies shocked. how do you think meat, chicken, lobster………… get to your table.

  11. Quanah says:

    Given this and many other stories, I’m not surprised with the negative comments regarding Cubans. I assure you these individuals are not representative of all Cubans – not me, my family or friends. That said, it is the actions of many Cubans and other immigrants that are eroding the rule of law. And it is not only with these dramatic actions, but everyday occurrences. Of greater concern is that too many politicians – many Anglo politicians – are catering to them. Look into the ones that are supporting expansion of these types of operations in our Well Field.

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