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
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