Remand for pair on horse butchery charges

September 9, 2010

By Laurie Dixon

Two men charged over the butchering of two horses in Florida have a month to consider a plea deal under which they will receive five-year jail terms.

Santiago Cabrera
Santiago Cabrera, 20, and Luis Cordero, 19, are charged over the deaths and butchery of two of 22 horses that died in the Miami Dade and Broward County areas last year.

Investigators say the animals were slaughtered to satisfy a black-market trade in horse meat.

Horse lovers protested at the courthouse, where Cabrera and Cordero exercised their right not to appear. Animal advocates are seeking a tougher sentence to send a stronger message to those involved in the trade.

The judge held the case over for a month for psychological evaluations of the pair and for them to consider the plea deal.

The case will be called again on October 15.