Authorities Seize 400 Farm Animals From Miami Man Suspected of Feeding Them Garbage, Selling Bad Meat

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.

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