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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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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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Discarded Thoroughbred Defense Team fighting for his life at the rescue ranch

MIAMI, FL  (February 19, 2014)  Abandoned along a Hialeah roadside and left to fend for himself, 15 year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred Defense Team is now fighting for his life at the South Florida SPCA rescue ranch in Homestead. The chestnut gelding was rescued on Monday, February 17 and brought to safety by Laurie Waggoner, SFSPCA director…

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Abandoned Thoroughbred, Defense Team, rescued by South Florida SPCA

MIAMI, FL (February 17, 2014)  Defense Team, a Thoroughbred gelding, was rescued today by South Florida SPCA. Laurie Waggoner, SFSPCA director of ranch operations, received  a mid-morning call from a Hialeah farmer who reported the former racehorse wandering along a road near one of his pastures, and that he looked “really bad…really skinny.” Waggoner and…

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Ten neglected, abandoned horses being treated at South Florida SPCA

MIAMI, FL (January 17, 2014) Please click on links below to see media coverage on the 10 horses rescued by Miami-Dade Agricultural Patrol and the South Florida SPCA. More details to come later this evening or tomorrow morning. – CBS Miami, Channel 4 – WSVN TV, Channel 7 News VIEW PREVIOUS BLOG POST   If you would…

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Ten horses rescued today by South Florida SPCA

MIAMI, FL (January 16, 2014) The stench was so bad, buzzards were circling the containers of “feed” left for the 10 pitiful horses found in a Southwest Miami-Dade field in an area known as “The 8.5.” Rotten tomatoes, lettuce, corn cobs and avocados mixed with packets of ketchup and mustard and other unidentifiable food waste,…