Target: Miami-Dade Police
Goal: Find those responsible for killing and decapitating a horse and leaving the head in a public area
In Miami, Fl, a horse’s head was found in a grassy public area. The founder of Animal Recovery Mission, Richard Couto, said he believes the decapitation could be part of an animal sacrifice. He believes the animal was sacrificed during the religious practice of Santeria. The head was found under Royal Palm trees beside a main intersection where many Santeria worshipers would leave chickens and goats as offerings. After examining what was left of the animal, he said he believes the horse was tortured. He says he sees this kind of crime all too often in this area of South Florida. He described the area where it was found as “the largest extreme animal cruelty zone in the United States.”
“There were no bullet holes in this skull which is a concern of ARM investigators and I’m sure in law enforcement. When that is the case, these animals are usually stabbed either in the throat or in the heart and butchered alive,” he said.
He said that the horse’s body was likely sold for human consumption on the black market. Horses are often bought on the cheap at public auctions to be slaughtered and sold by the pound, which can be very lucrative.
“Horse meat is extremely popular throughout the holiday season, Christmas, New Year’s Eve. Possibly hundreds of horses were butchered this time of the year for the underground meat trade, so it’s a real concern of ARM’s, I’m sure the state attorney, as well as Miami-Dade metro police, who were also on site,” Couto said.
Miami-Dade police are looking into the crime. Please demand justice for this horse and others who may be in danger from people who would do something so cruel.
Dear Miami-Dade Police,
Please find justice for the horse whose head was found in a grassy area beside a street corner in Miami. The people who did such a thing to this horse will not stop with this one incident, leaving other horses in danger. Whether the horse was sacrificed for Santeria or sold to slaughter, whoever did this deserves to answer for their actions.
Please do not rest until you find who did this. People who would do this to an animal need to answer for what they have done.
[Your Name Here]
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