Barnyard animals Seized

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) - According to authorities, roughly 400 barnyard animals have been seized from a 10-acre farm in southwest Miami-Dade County.

Florida Department of Agriculture' personnel, the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Miami-Dade
police and other agencies converged on the property Thursday, where
a man was accused of violating a county "sanitary nuisance"
ordinance, a misdemeanor.

Investigators had reason to suspect the man was killing animals in an unlicensed
slaughterhouse and selling contaminated meat.

According to Miami-Dade Animal Services Department Director Dr.
Sara Pizano, the animals include horses, cows, sheep, goats, pigs
and fowl.

55-year-old Ramiro Perez has been charged and was released at the
scene on the promise to appear at a hearing.

According to Perez, he did nothing
wrong.


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