8 Dead, and 10 Starving Horses Found in Miami-Dade Dumping Ground
Animal cruelty is extremely sad and unfortunate, but at the same time it is very common, especially in South Florida counties like Miami-Dade county and Palm Beach County. Animal cruelty is a crime that is also difficult to detect because it is an ongoing process that often stays within the confines of the defendant’s home and unless law enforcement gets a tip from a suspicious neighbor, the animal continues to be a helpless victim and may even die. 18 horses and a severely injured dog were found in Miami-Dade County Sunday in deplorable condition and close to death.
Animal Cruelty in Miami-Dade County
According to an article in WPTV News, The South Florida Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals got a tip about potentially abandoned horses. When the SPCA went to investigate, about 18 horses, of which 7 or 8 were dead, and a dog riddled with puncture wounds and unable to move, were found Sunday in Southwest Miami-Dade County.
The property was about 15 acres along Southwest 205th Avenue between 136th and 154th streets. The dead horses appeared to have died from dehydration and starvation, the rest were emaciated. The building appeared to have been a dumping ground for horses, or a pre-slaughter holding area. The building was near several illegal-slaughtering houses.
According to the article, investigators found what looked like animal fighting rings, complete with bleachers for viewers.
According to the article, investigators are currently trying to find out who owns the land.
Animal Cruelty Defense
Animal cruelty to this extent is an extremely serious crime. If you have been accused of animal cruelty, you are going to need highly skilled representation from a criminal defense lawyer. In Florida, animal cruelty can be charged as anything from a civil infraction up to a felony. Those charges, as well as fines, add up when a person is charged with cruelty or neglect to a group of animals. Lawyer Andrew Stine won a test Florida case that established if a person is charged with animal neglect of a group of animals (such as 100 dogs or 25 horses), the person can only be charged with one crime.
If you have been charged with animal cruelty, contact criminal defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine today.