Just weeks after a similar incident in the area, nine emaciated animals have been found abandoned in Southwest Miami.
The South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) responded to two scenes Sunday with the Miami-Dade Police Department. At 14041 SW 197th Avenue, volunteers found an injured horse considered to be in “extremely critical condition,” according to Jeanette Jordan, president of the South Florida SPCA.
At 15100 SW 205 Avenue investigators discovered five horses, two cows and an emu, according to a release from the SPCA. A horse and cow carcass were also found at the second location.
“The one horse we picked up stray is injured and in extremely critical condition. We're just going to be taking it day to day with him,” Jordan told HuffPost Miami. “We’re not sure he’s going to make it.”
The animals were found blocks away from another incident of animal abandonment that made headlines: on March 4, 11 starving horses and a suspected bait dog were found abandoned in an area where the carcasses and bones of seven other horses lay in inches of manure.
Jordan says that 26 horses have come to the SFSPCA rescue ranch this month, a “much higher than normal” number. The area of Southwest Miami-Dade where the animals were found is a frequent dumping ground for unwanted pets or animals destined for slaughter.
“People dump their horses, they don’t take care of them, they don’t feed them. [The horses] have no access to water. We find slaughtered horses down in that area. This is a hideous, horrible place,” Jordan said.
The rescue currently has more than 60 horses in its care. Visit helpthehorses.org for more information or to donate.
See photos of some of the animals rescued Sunday: