Dozen horses butchered in South Florida, police investigate

July 21, 2009

The killing and butchering of more than a dozen horses in South Florida is being investigated by the agricultural patrol unit of the Miami-Dade police department.

The latest butchered horse was found tied to a tree on a rural road by the Everglades in southwest Miami-Dade.

It appears the animals are being slaughtered for their meat, which police suspect is being sold on the black market at prices of up to $US20 a pound (450 grams).

Two horses were found butchered in similar circumstances a few months ago in Miramar, which is not far from the latest killing. In all, more than a dozen horses have been found slaughtered in recent months.