Nineteen horses have been butchered since January in South Florida for their meat, centring on Miami-Dade County. Authorities suspect the meat is being sold on the black market.
The major of Davie, Judy Paul, has proposed the formation of a "Community Barn Watch" group, comprising residents determined to stay on the lookout for suspicious activity.
She intends to unveil "Barn Watch" signs at a Wednesday night meeting. The signs will go up at strategic locations to remind the would-be offender that people are watching.
The 6pm town-hall meeting will also centre around a discussion of ways to protect local horses, and several agencies are expected to attend.
The reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible now stands at $US8000, with $US5000 coming from the Humane Society of the United States, $US3000 from Miami Crime Stoppers and $US1000 from Broward Crime Stoppers.