SW MIAMI-DADE  (CBS4) – Police say someone slaughtered an abandoned horse the day after Christmas and left the body in a SW Miami-Dade canal, the latest in a number of horse slaughters that have plagued Miami-Dade in 2011.

Ranch owner Julia Yapell made the gruesome discovery.

“I was driving to the store and there were tons of buzzards. And you know, where there’s buzzards, there’s carcases,” said Yapell. “I went over to the canal and what I saw was a silver ear. Being a horse owner, I knew that it was a horse.”

And she knew the silver horse had been slaughtered.

Blood lined the guard rails. Not much was left behind.

“I mean this animal was completely butchered, every bit of edible meat was taken,” said Yapell. “I’ve seen several, and it’s never easy to see, it’s never easy to see that. It’s horrible.”

Just feet away, other horses roam free — likely released by owners who can no longer afford to care fore them.

One man who did not want to be identified says he rescued three horses on Christmas day.

“We saw the horses and they are kind of emaciated, they’re skinny,” he said.

He called police for help.

Now, a day later, police came back.

As officers searched for clues into Monday’s slaughter, animal rescuers from the SPCA rounded up the remaining horses.

Yapell hopes horse owners who can’t afford the animals anymore, will call organizations like the SPCA and not just let the horses go free.

“Left for easy targets for slaughter. It’s a business. You know, it’s a business, so that’s the end,” said Yapell.

As police continue to investigate, they hope you can help find the person who slaughtered this horse. If you know anything at all, call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

To learn more about horse care, you can visit the SPCA’s website at www.HelpTheHorses.com.

Comments (12)
  1. cindy becker says:

    You need a proofreader!

  2. cindy becker says:

    Aside from the comment I made above, I am horrified to read this news.

  3. cienfuegos says:

    look for dog food companies or chinese restaurants.

  4. Marc Cooper says:

    where, address would be nice

    1. Debbie says:

      SW 168 street and 205 ave

  5. Heather Clemenceau says:

    People, take responsibility for your animals. It’s unconscionable that you just let them run loose, where they are targets for slaughter or can be hit by cars and cause injuries.

  6. Allene says:

    Did they ever think that maybe the horse was hit by a car and buzzards and other wild animals ate the meat??

    1. horsehelper4 says:

      This could not have possibly been done by buzzards, im not trying to prove you wrong but this area is prone to horses being stolen and hidden slaughter houses. Some sicko did this thanks to Mr.Obama and him allowing this to happen.

  7. Elaine says:

    There are so many places that will take them in!! Makes me sick!!! i have rescue horses, and we have a non-profit horse rescue in Labelle. ~~~Florida Equine Rescue~~~. Poor baby. 🙁

  8. Nanci Little says:

    May these pieces of human garbage rot from the inside out, slowly and painfully, sooner rather than later. That is my daily prayer for them!

  9. Chucky says:

    I wish it were only Cuban thing.

    Unfortunaterly, this is a third-world problem; it’s affiliated with a number of countries that have people who live in this area yet fail to recognize the differences between U.S. society and the countries they departed.

    It’s a shame that Dade County is, in a lot of ways, a third-world microcosm.