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Stand Up for the Horses on Give Miami Day

By Kathleen Monahan President, South Florida SPCA “Stand up for abandoned, abused and neglected horses and give them a fighting chance.” There’s grit behind this year’s South Florida SPCA Give Miami Day Campaign. Just look at the photo: two magnificent horses restored to health, rearing up on hind legs, specks of sunlight glittering off their…

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PAEZ CASE UPDATE: SOUTH MIAMI DADE BODY BUILDER PLEADS GUILTY TO HORSE CRUELTY

(MIAMI, FL – 11/16/2015) South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue, one of the nation’s leading advocates for equine legislation and humane protocols, has announced that bodybuilder Alejandro (Alex) Paez, 48, has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of animal abuse after three starving, emaciated horses were found in deplorable conditions at his South Miami-Dade ranch on…

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THOROUGHBRED AFTERCARE ALLIANCE ACCREDITS SOUTH FLORIDA SPCA HORSE RESCUE

(HOMESTEAD, FL – November 3, 2015) The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced today that South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue (SFSPCA) has earned accreditation by the organization. SFSPCA is one of only 56 TAA accredited aftercare organizations in the United States and Canada. Thirty-seven aftercare organizations have earned accreditation in 2015*, of which 21 were re-accredited and…

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Horse Cruelty Charges: A VERY Big Deal at South Florida SPCA

The newest charges “… were no big deal. I wish the police would spend more time on human victims, and child victims, than on horses who skipped a meal.” – Alexander Michaels, attorney for defendants in animal cruelty case. (Miami Herald, Friday, October 25, 2015)   By Kathleen Monahan President, South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue…

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SOUTH MIAMI-DADE BODY-BUILDING COUPLE CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY

(MIAMI-DADE, FL) Miami-Dade County prosecutors have charged husband and wife body builders with animal abuse after three starving, emaciated horses were found in deplorable conditions on their rural South Miami-Dade ranch. On Friday, October 23, 2015, Milagros (Milly) Cowan, 50, was arraigned on four misdemeanor counts of animal abuse. Her husband, Alejandro (Alex) Paez, 48, was earlier charged…

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BREAKING NEWS: HORSE FOUND SLAUGHTERED IN HIALEAH, FL FIELD

HIALEAH, FL – JULY 23, 2015: The shocking discovery of a three year-old Quarter Horse filly’s remains was made this morning at 9715 NW 138th Street in Hialeah. The butchered horse, Sweet Amanda Wiz, was found in a pasture at a facility that was once where South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to…

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No justice for Justice and Susie, jury delivers not guilty verdict in cruelty case

MIAMI, FL (July 22, 2015) – In a case considered one of the worst cruelty situations South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SFSPCA) has encountered in 23 years that made national and international headlines, a jury found defendant Jesus Bandera-Salgado not guilty of three counts of cruelty to animals yesterday. The…

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South Florida SPCA against horse slaughter, supports passage of Udall-Kirk amendment to defund slaughterhouse inspections

On Thursday, July 16, the Senate Appropriations Committee will vote on the Udall-Kirk amendment to defund horse slaughterhouse inspections, therefore preventing those facilities from operating in the U.S.  South Florida SPCA urges citizens to contact their senators who sit on the Appropriations Committee by phone and/or email and ask her or him to support the Udall-Kirk…

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THREE EMACIATED HORSES SEIZED IN ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE

(JUNE 1, 2015 – HOMESTEAD, FL) Three horses were seized by Miami-Dade Agricultural Patrol and turned over to South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SFSPCA) on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. The owner, Alex Paez, was charged with animal cruelty and given a promise to appear (PTA). According to SFSPCA director of…