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Thoroughbred Mare Found Butchered In Florida

In the early morning of Oct. 21, the butchered remains of a 6-year-old Thoroughbred mare were found on the side of the road in Miami Dade County, Fla., according to a report from TheHorse.com.

The mare had her heart cut out, as well as all four legs removed.  She did have a tattoo on her upper lip that should help police identify the horse and may hand them potential leads.

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In the early morning of Oct. 21, the butchered remains of a 6-year-old Thoroughbred mare were found on the side of the road in Miami Dade County, Fla., according to a report from TheHorse.com.

The mare had her heart cut out, as well as all four legs removed.  She did have a tattoo on her upper lip that should help police identify the horse and may hand them potential leads.

The mare appeared to be in good condition. Her mane had recently been combed, an indicator that she might have been stolen.

The mare was left in Florida’s “C-9 Basin,” a rural area north of Okeechobee Road and west of Florida’s Turnpike notorious for illegal horse slaughter. In 2009, more than 20 horses were found there. Many of the horses were stolen or purchased illegally, then butchered and left in deserted areas. 

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Authorities’ best guess is that the horsemeat is being sold on the black market for human consumption.

In 2009, two men, Luis Miguel Cordero and Santiago Cabrera, were arrested and confessed to illegally slaughtering horses. That same year, federal, state and county officials conducted one of the biggest such raids yet in the area, shutting down around 70 illegal horse slaughter operations, according to the Miami Herald.

In 2010, Florida passed laws that make it a felony to butcher or mutilate a horse for its meat. The minimum penalty for doing so is a $3,500 fine and a minimum of one year in prison, while the maximum is a $5,000 fine and five years in prison. 

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