Associated Press News
MIAMI (AP) -- A South Florida man faces multiple charges of animal cruelty after officials shut down a slaughterhouse described as "monstrous."
Miami-Dade police arrested 53-year-old Raul "Freaky" Fernandez on Wednesday following a joint, undercover investigation with the private group Animal Recovery Mission. The investigation was dubbed Operation Noche Buena, which is Spanish for Christmas Eve.
The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/1fmAN87 ) reports the investigation found that pigs were shot, stabbed, beaten with sledgehammers, gutted and boiled while alive.
Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle said legitimate slaughterhouse operators wouldn't treat livestock in such a "ghastly manner."
Fernandez is being held in the Miami-Dade Jail. It wasn't clear whether he has an attorney. He's currently on probation for a marijuana trafficking conviction.
The Herald reports that illegal slaughterhouses have been common in western Miami-Dade County.