Horse Slaughter Mystery Continues in South Florida

"These are alarming events that we're hoping the authorities will be able to stop and that they will be able to track down and find the perpetrators and prosecute them under state animal cruelty laws," he added.

Losing 'Family Members' a Shock

Gustinger organized a rally last Saturday night at the Homestead Rodea Arena. It was her way of trying to involve not only the area's horse owners, but the entire community to prevent any more unlawful horse killings.

"We're trying to say as a community that this is not acceptable... this isn't how we want to live," Gustinger added. "We're not turning a blind eye to this anymore because it just keeps happening."

In addition to the shocking brutality of the deaths, Couto pointed out that losing horses has also been emotionally traumatic for the owners.

"These are our pets and they're considered as mostly family members to these people," he said.

Gustinger said, "We're really looking to the community to solve this."

Dane adds there are a few precautionary measures horse owners can take.

"If there are gates that are accessible to the road, put locks on them... Use flood lights where that's feasible...Spot checks throughout the evening," he said.

"One thing we don't recommend is locking horses in barns because if there was a fire... If there is a community of horseowners they may want to set up taking turns monitoring the area."

Anyone interested in learning more information on how you can help save the horses can go to Crime Stoppers of Miami-Dade. In addition, the SPCA of Southern Florida has its own Web site "Help the Horses."

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