Another horse was found mutilated and killed over the weekend in Southwest Miami-Dade, apparently the latest victim of amateur butchers only interested in the animal's meat. The horse was found tied to a tree and dismembered along 212th Ave., the latest in over a dozen horse killings in the area in the past few months.
"It's horrible. It's really frustrating to see something that has been going on for some time," said Oscar Martinez, who owns a farm nearby where the latest horse was found. "They have been killing horses all over this area."
Martinez said he thinks the crime happened Saturday night, and that the killers were likely scared off by a car before they were able to collect all the meat. The horse was found Sunday. "They do it at night. When they see a light coming, they just run away. This horse, they were not able to slaughter him completely," Martinez said.
Officials believe the meat is then sold on the black market, where it can go for as much as $20 per pound. The sale of horse meat is illegal in the U.S. [...]
Aja hasn't lost any horses yet, though she said she lives in constant fear that her horses will be next. "Everytime we come to our farm, we're scared that we're going to be missing an animal and we're going to find him dead at a corner, slaughtered to pieces with the buzzards flying overhead," Aja said.
Tuesday was supposed to be a day of celebration for biologists and Dunham, an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. There was picture taking and camera crews to record the release of the dolphin into the wild. But the special moment turned into a stunning tragedy moments later after the dolphin was attacked by sharks just hours after he was released into the ocean in west Florida.
Dunham, a juvenile male dolphin, was released Tuesday morning after eight months in rehab recovering from pneumonia. Dunham didn't get a chance to enjoy his new found strength and freedom very long. Jeni Hatter, spokeswoman for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, said the dolphin was attacked twice by at least two different sharks. Experts were nearby were monitoring the dolphin with a VHF radio transmitter at the time of the attack.
Hatter said experts rushed to the dolphin and euthanized him because of the life-threatening injuries. She added that he wouldn't been able to recover.