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South Florida SPCA Scrambles to Protect 57 Horse Herd from Hurricane Irma

(SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 – HOMESTEAD, FL) Disaster plans and standard operating procedures exist at South Florida SPCA Horse Rescue, but Hurricane Irma will likely rewrite them. Faced with a ferocious Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 185 mph barreling toward its rescue ranch in Homestead, SFSPCA staff and board members had to scramble to…

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TWO HORSES STOLEN FROM HIALEAH RANCH

South Florida SPCA Urges Public to Be on the Lookout (MIAMI, FL – May 12, 2017) South Florida SPCA urges the public to be on the lookout for two horses stolen from 16480 NW 117th Avenue in Hialeah. One is a chestnut Quarter Horse mare and the other is a bay Paso Fino gelding. SFSPCA…

Trigger, a horse ridden from South Carolina to Miami, seized by South Florida SPCA on November 23, 2016.

Abused Horse Ridden From South Carolina to Miami Given New Life in Key West

(MIAMI, FL – 4/19/17) The long and painful journey for a horse ridden nearly 700 miles from South Carolina to Miami finally has a happy ending. After nearly five months of critical care and rehabilitation at South Florida SPCA (SFSPCA), the organization has arranged permanent sanctuary for “Trigger” at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Animal…

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FROM DYING IN THE DIRT TO LIVING THE DREAM

One year after rescue, once destitute pony is adopted by renowned Canadian show stable (HOMESTEAD, FL – 12/27/16) As rescue stories go, they don’t get much better than this. An emaciated pony found dying in the dirt at a ramshackle boarding facility a year ago will be leaving her abusive past far behind her this…

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Saving Grace

On the morning of December 30, 2015, I was called by police to investigate an animal cruelty case in Miami Gardens. My team and I rushed to the scene, where we found five emaciated horses being kept in absolute squalor. Our hearts broke when we spotted a young pony, down to skin and bone, sprawled across…

Milly Cowan and Alex Paez. Photo credit: Elite Body Imaging.

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…