Here is a story regarding horses that you just don’t like to hear. Florida Police are investigating a case of possible animal cruelty after several horses were reportedly stolen and later harvested for meat.
The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office posted a warning to local horse owners on social media Thursday after a Central Florida family found their 10-year-old horse, Jayda dead, near the pasture where she was being kept.
“Special Attention Horse Owners…We are currently investigating an animal cruelty case that involved a horse being stolen and harvested for meat, from the Sumterville area,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook. “Although this is the only incident in Sumter County, through the investigation we have learned it is on the rise throughout the state.”
Jayda’s owner, Tamara Weaver told local news that she received a call that the fence of the pasture was cut and her horse gone. Hours later, after tracking what looked like the horse’s hoofprints, the horse they raised since it was less than a year old, shockingly was found dead.
Even More Cases
In addition to Jayda, police said a horse was taken on December 1st. from a home in Palmetto, Florida. It was found dead and reportedly slaughtered for its meat in a nearby field.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office posted a video of the suspect. There are three rewards totaling $13,000 that are being offered for information leading to an arrest.
Another woman from Ocala, Tammy Davis, also believes her horse was killed on Thanksgiving. She received a phone call around 8 a.m. that her horse named ‘Hot Rod’ had been attacked. When Davis arrived she found the horse was mangled.
To combat the horse theft, which the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office says is on the rise throughout the state, police will be performing extra patrols on properties that house livestock.
Cruelty to animals is now a federal crime under a new law signed by President Trump on November 25th. Penalty for violating the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act (PACT) can include a fine, a prison term up to seven years, or both.
“PACT makes a statement about American values. Animals are deserving of protection at the highest level,” Kitty Block, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, said in a statement.
If you want to have your property added to the patrol list, contact Analyst Billy Bowles at 352-569-1695. Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office at 352-793-2621.
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