In Hialeah, Florida, a tip from a woman feeding stray dogs in the area of northwest Miami-Dade came upon a disturbing horse slaughter scene on Tuesday evening.
According to the Animal Recovery Mission (ARM)founder, Richard Couto, he and his investigating team began investigating the remains of several horses on Wednesday morning found in a remote of 179th Street and 129th Avenue; the remains of the horses have been found in various stages of decomposition. Legs of horses recovered had been stripped of meat. It is suspected the horses were killed for their meat, however the details of the grisly scene leads investigators to even more horrendous findings.
Rachel Taylor, an investigator for ARM told CBSMiami the animal remains indicated the horses had been slaughtered elsewhere and dumped here in feedbags.
“You’ve got horse hooves, bones, hips, these have obviously been here for a long time,” Rachel stated. “They’re in every couple of feet; it’s like this whole area is a graveyard. That’s what’s alarming to me.”
Even though most of the horses were likely slaughtered for their meat, Rachel stated evidence in the area suggests some of the animals had been killed in ritual sacrifices. It is suspected the remains of at least 20 horses were found. This is one of the worst cases investigators have seen. The horses most likely were all stolen.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
(Photos of horse slaughter scene in Hialeah via Animal Recovery Mission Facebook)
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