(Miami-Dade County, FL) --
Investigators from the Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD), Agriculture Patrol Section in collaboration with the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, the Miami-Dade Animal Services Department, the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SFSPCA), and the Florida Department of Agriculture, rescued over 200 animals today as part of a criminal investigation into animal cruelty.
A search warrant was executed on approximately five acres of land in the Redlands. According to investigators, farm animals were being confined in inadequate conditions, lacking proper shelter, food and water. The animals were temporarily seized, and will be in the care of the SFSPCA, pending a medical evaluation by veterinarians from the assisting agencies. Among the animals seized from the property were horses, donkeys, cows, pigs, alpacas, sheep, goats, emus, turkeys, geese, ducks, and chickens.
On previous occasions, MDPD investigators removed 19 animals from this property. One of the animals died and four had to be euthanized by veterinarians.
This is an ongoing criminal investigation and criminal charges are pending.