A grotesque discovery of a slaughtered horse’s remains occurred on Thursday morning, July 23, in the field adjacent to her stable off Northwest 97th Ave, Hialeah. FL. The partially butchered horse was found by Dio Benitez of the stable that previously housed the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Benitez realized something horrible had transpired in the field when he saw all the blood. And then he found the mutilated dead horse. He said,
It was horrible, just the fact that before I got to the horse I started seeing the trails of blood. I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t believe that somebody would do this to somebody’s pet. To us, horses are like a child. I’m still in denial that somebody could do this.
Animal Recovery Mission officials have been called to the now-private stable to investigate this latest horse butchering incident which is one of many horrid slaughters denigrating the South Florida/Dade County area in the past, with the most recent illegal horse killing happening in early January 2015.
The young Quarter horse, Smart Amanda Whiz, was only 3 years old and had many years ahead of her in the horse show world as a reining horse. She had just completed her first horse show in June and was a promising competitive prospect.
Instead, the mare was led out of her stall, taken into the field and then viciously slaughtered. Said Richard Couto of Animal Recovery Mission, “They took possibly a machete or large oversized butcher knife, and put that knife into the heart area of the horse.”
Couto told CBS4 that, based on the blood trail, Smart Amanda Whiz was stabbed in the heart region and struggled to stay on her feet in a zig zag-like fashion until she finally fell. Yet this was not the worst of her agony. Couto assumes, “The horse definitely, obviously, suffered and was probably butchered alive. These guys start harvesting the meat well before these animals stop breathing.”
It is obvious that the mare was butchered only for her choice meat since most of these illegal, violent killings are all about the horse meat. According to Couto, these slaughters are probably linked to the earlier horse carnage on Jan. 8 and May 1, 2013, “because of the way the horses were killed.” However, police have made no comments whether any of the incidents are related.
Officials know that there is a thriving black market for horse meat, especially in South Florida.
According to Couto,
It is a monstrous industry. It is a multimillion dollar industry as well. There is a growing market, but what some people don’t know is that often the meat is poisonous because of the drugs and medicine given to the horses.
Several agencies are working on this animal cruelty case and others. SPCA spokesperson Laurie Waggoner stated, “I’m sure it was painful for the horse. Like I said, you could see the blood trail going about 20 yards where the horse was trying to get up and get away, and get up and get away, and falling and bleeding, and falling and bleeding.”
Officials are hopeful that someone can offer tips and information about the Smart Amanda Whiz slaughter and/or previous cases. Please call Hialeah police or contact animalrecoverymission.org. Information can also be called in to Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers [reward is offered for $1,000] at 305-471-TIPS. These butchers must be stopped.