Collier County Sheriff: Horse stolen from pasture, slaughtered for meat
Collier County, Fl (treasurecoast.com)- The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is searching for someone who slaughtered a horse in Golden Gates Estates.
This is not the first time it has happened and everyone needs to be alert and aware.
From the Collier County Sheriff
Update: The slaughter of this beautiful animal is a horrific crime and we are tenaciously investigating this senseless act. Sheriff Kevin Rambosk has directed our CCSO Agriculture Unit and our Criminal Investigations Department to conduct a full investigation, using our technology and resources, to find and arrest the perpetrators of this crime. We are working with law enforcement officials in other counties where similar crimes have occurred and we work closely with the Florida Agricultural Crimes Intelligence Unit.
Sheriff Rambosk has directed extra patrols in the areas where our residents have horses and we share these safety tips for horse and large animal owners:
*if you have security systems, check to see that they are operational and can record images
*make sure pasture,paddock and barn areas are well fortified to keep animals safely inside and intruders out
*network with your neighbors to watch each others property and know what might be suspicious activity in your area
*make use of your dogs to alert you, especially at night, of any intruders. With our wildlife population in rural and estates areas, dogs are less vulnerable to becoming prey than are fowl or other animals that make a lot of noise when disturbed
*report any suspicious activity immediately to 9-1-1 or 239-252-9300.
CCSO Seeks Suspect Who Butchered Horse In Estates
The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help finding the person or persons who slaughtered a horse in Golden Gate Estates, extracted the meat and left the remains behind.
Deputies were called at 7:58 a.m. today to a pasture off Immokalee Road after the remains of a horse were found.
Deputies said someone entered the pasture sometime between midnight and 5 a.m. and led the horse to a neighboring pasture where they butchered the animal. They said it appears the suspect or suspects were after the horse’s meat based upon the remains left at the scene.
An investigation continues.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Collier County Sheriff’s Office at 239.252.9300 (non-emergency), or 239-775-8477 (TIPS), or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward call Crime Stoppers at 1.800.780.TIPS (8477).
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