In an alarming discovery in Loxahatchee, Fla. the sparse remains of a horse apparently killed and slaughtered for its meat was found by a fisherman in a canal near 60th St. No. and 109th reported Animal Care and Control of Palm Beach County on Friday afternoon.
According to Captain David Walesky, the horse had been shot through the head and the horse's body had been cut up indicating the horse's meat may have been harvested for sale in the black market.
Although it is not illegal for an owner to kill his own horse, it is illegal in Florida to sell horsemeat. Anyone found guilty of slaughtering a horse for its meat faces a mandatory fine of $3,500 and the minimum of one year in jail.
In a statement to Channel 12 News, Captain Walesky stated:
"We do see slaughter happening in regular farm animals, but to cross the line into horses where we feel strongly this is a companion animal, this is not what we want to see happening around here."
Even more troubling now, is in June, two garbage bags of horse body parts were found in Loxahatchee, and no clues as to the identity of the horse or the person (s) responsible for such a crime has been found.
There are no new reports of horses missing.
If you have any information concerning the identity of this horse or about the situation, please contact the Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control at (561)-233-1200 or call 1-800-458-TIPS.
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