A horse has been removed from her stables and butchered to become the latest casualty of a black-market meat trade in southern Florida.
The South Florida SPCA said the remains of the three-year-old quarter horse were discovered on Thursday morning at 9715 NW 138th Street in Hialeah.
The horse, named Sweet Amanda, was found in a pasture at a facility that was once the base of the South Florida SPCA.
“This was someone’s pet,” the charity’s director of ranch operations, Laurie Waggoner, said.
“The horse was just a baby. Someone got on to the property, went to her stall, walked her out to the pasture, and butchered her alive.”
The founder of the group, Animal Recovery Mission, said his organisation had investigated two other horse-slaughter cases nearby in the past 10 months.
The problem of horses being stolen and butchered has plagued southern areas of the state for years, with Florida legislators toughening laws as a result.