4th Man Arrested In Animal Slaughter Investigation

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Associated Press Release

MIAMI (AP) -- A fourth man has been arrested in connection with an investigation into a South Florida farm that allegedly slaughtered animals in inhumane and unsanitary conditions.

VIP Animal Sales in south Miami-Dade County was raided Friday by county authorities after an eight-month undercover investigation by Miami Beach-based Animal Recovery Mission.

About 75 animals were removed from the business, including a horse, a rabbit and dozens of fowl and pigeons.

Authorities say animals were slaughtered in an area out of sight from roadside pens where live birds were sold legally.

Three men were arrested after the raid on felony animal cruelty charges. Two have been released on bond and one remains in custody.

The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/16xNqtK ) reports that a fourth man was arrested Tuesday on one felony count of animal cruelty.


Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com

Associated Press Release

MIAMI (AP) -- Three men face felony animal cruelty charges after a raid at a South Florida business that sold live animals.

About 75 animals were taken into custody after Friday's raid at VIP Animal Sales in south Miami-Dade County.

The business legally sold fowl and pigeons from roadside pens. But according to arrest warrants, at the rear of the nearly 5-acre property, the men inhumanely slaughtered animals for meat in filthy conditions.

Miami-Dade authorities raided the property after an eight-month undercover investigation by Miami Beach-based Animal Recovery Mission. According to affidavits, the also men offered fighting roosters for sale.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle tells The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1aCAVjO) that "such unnecessary brutality demeans not just the people who do it, but those who would stand by and let it happen."

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