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EU Suspends Mexican Horsemeat Imports After Food Safety Concerns

PRESS RELEASE FROM HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL Humane Society International/Europe welcomes increased consumer protection, fewer horses suffering BRUSSELS (8 December 2014)  The European Commission has implemented a conditional ban of the import of horsemeat from Mexico following a series of audits by the Food and Veterinary Office. The audits consistently identified serious problems with the lack…

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11 Rescued from Grisly Illegal Slaughter in East Everglades

Homestead, FL (October 8, 2014)  Ten horses and one very lucky steer were rescued from an illegal slaughter operation in the infamous “8.5” East Everglades on Monday, October 6, 2014. South Florida S.P.C.A. director of ranch operations Laurie Waggoner accompanied Miami-Dade Agricultural Patrol officers to the scene. Gruesome evidence of recent killings included pools of blood on…

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International Equine Conference draws advocates and political representatives to McCullough estate in Wellington

Wellington, FL (September 22, 2014) Equine welfare advocates and experts from several countries met September 19-21 at the Fourth Annual International Equine Conference (IEC) at the estate of Victoria McCullough in Wellington. Organized by the Equine Welfare Alliance and Wild Horse Freedom Federation, the event connected and enlightened a wide spectrum of pro-horse attendees that included equine welfare organizations,…

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Alice & Ally: A Dream Finally Come True!

(August 11, 2014) It is with immense joy we announce that after three years and three months at South Florida SPCA, mother and daughter ponies Alice and Ally have finally been adopted together!  Alice and Ally came to SFSPCA on May 23, 2011.  Little Ally was just one month old at the time, and her…

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Locked in, TBs couldn’t lift heads in stalls

By Susan Salk on August 5, 2014 Reposted with permission from Off-Track Thoroughbreds Three Florida Thoroughbreds, locked away for months in shanty stalls so confining they couldn’t lift their heads, were seized Sunday by Miami-Dade law enforcement. Removed from patched-together stalls where thick, putrid excrement covered the stall floors, were tattooed 4-year-old filly Silver and Smoke and tattooed…

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Designer thrift shop opens to benefit horses and animals

Stacey Sherman, a horsewoman and animal lover, has opened Davie Thrift Store for Animal Aid in Davie, Florida. The concept is to raise money for the South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue and for Animal Aid, a no kill shelter for dogs and cats in Broward County. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated monthly to these two 501(c)(3)…

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Eight Horses Rescued by South Florida SPCA in SW Miami-Dade Cruelty Case

Homestead, FL (June 2, 2014)  Eight starved, emaciated horses were seized by Miami-Dade Agricultural Patrol in SW Miami-Dade and turned over to South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Sunday, June 1, 2014. The horses, six Thoroughbreds and two Quarter Horses, all scored a “1” on the body condition scale, the…

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If the boot fits… wear it and join SFSPCA as a volunteer!

What is a SFSPCA Volunteer? It’s a very special individual who doesn’t necessarily know anything about horses, and may even have a fear of them, but takes the initiative to sign up, show up and become willing to learn for the sake of the rescued animal. They go through the orientation and buy their boots…

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Par For The Horse 2014 a Win for the Rescues

The 11th Annual Lowell S. & Betty L. Dunn Family Foundation Par For The Horse Challenge Tournament & Luncheon was a phenomenal success and raised significant funds for the horses and other rescued animals at South Florida SPCA. Hosted on May 9 at Miami Shores Golf & Country Club, the event raised over $78,000, meeting and…

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Off-Track Thoroughbreds: SPCA rescue mare ribbons in Florida; hard won

This is a wonderful story about one of our rescued horses, and the adopter who wouldn’t give up on her. Shared with permission by the author. By Susan Salk on May 9, 2014 offtrackthoroughbreds.com In a squalid yard littered with empty grain bags starved a mare named La Sheikh. The name alone might have seemed ironic, even pathetic,…