MIAMI – Authorities seized about 400 barnyard animals from a 10-acre farm in southwest Miami-Dade County.
Personnel from the Florida Department of Agriculture, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Miami-Dade police and other agencies converged on the property Thursday, where a man was accused of violating a county "sanitary nuisance" ordinance, a misdemeanor.
Investigators suspect he was killing animals in often filthy conditions in an unlicensed slaughterhouse, feeding them garbage and selling contaminated meat.
According to Miami-Dade Animal Services Department Director Dr. Sara Pizano, the animals include horses, cows, sheep, goats, pigs and fowl.
Police charged 55-year-old Ramiro Perez. He was released at the scene on the promise to appear at a hearing. He says he did nothing wrong.