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…

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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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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…

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Honoring South Florida SPCA Founder Laurie Waggoner on her 50th Birthday

“I said ‘Somebody should do something about that.’ Then I realized I am somebody.” – Lilly Tomlin n 1992, Laurie Waggoner was that “Somebody” when she saw a stray horse running scared and loose down a busy Miami road and rescued it. The story has repeated itself hundreds of times over since then, and even…

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One dead and one malnourished horse discovered at SW Miami Dade residence

Homestead, FL (April 10, 2015): During an investigation of a SW Miami-Dade residence by Customs and Border Protection along with Miami-Dade Police Department’s Agricultural Patrol during the evening of Thursday, April 9, two horses were discovered in the home’s back yard. One appeared to have been deceased for some time (click here for photo), while…

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Thoroughbred blog ends with one of SPCA’s most remarkable rescues

(JANUARY 8, 2014) Today, Susan Salk announced she will cease publication of her Off-Track Thoroughbreds blog as of Jan. 12, 2015. We at South Florida SPCA are sad to learn this news, and will miss Sue’s uplifting and enlightening stories of life after the track. Several of our rescued horses have been featured on her blog, but possibly…