The butchered remains of a horse were found in a driveway on Northwest 163rd Street early Wednesday, according to Miami Gardens Police.
“The slaughter of horses in our community continues unabated,” said Laurie Waggoner, director of operations for the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, whose organization provides rescue and refuge for abused and neglected horses. “The only difference in this case, is the remains were disposed of in an extremely public area.”
A passerby called police at 8:05 a.m. Wednesday reporting a “dead carcass” at 5295 NW 163rd St.
The horse was slaughtered while still alive, said SPCA President Jeanette Jordan.
Close-up photos show the horse’s severed head and other body parts lying on pavement.
“My greatest hope is that the perpetrators of this hideous crime will be caught and prosecuted to the full extent of the law,” Jordan said.
Police said they had no leads in the case.
Illegal horse slaughter for meat is common in certain parts of Miami-Dade County, though it’s against the law to sell such meat for human consumption. Jordan and Waggoner have often said that eating such meat is dangerous because there’s no way to know what drugs are in the animal’s system or whether it has eaten something that could make a person sick.
“Although South Florida SPCA is already home to 70 starved, abused and abandoned horses, we regret we arrived too late to save this one,” Jordan said.
This story will be updated as details become available.