Happy news about animals
BY JENNIFER LEBOVICH AND CURTIS MORGAN
A massive force of federal, state and county agents early Tuesday hit an isolated pocket of West Miami-Dade County suspected to be at the center of Miami’s black market in horse flesh, an illicit trade exposed by nearly two dozen grisly horse killings.
It was a major operation, with at least 100 police officers and regulators, from county code enforcers to animal service investigators to state business regulators to federal environmental and food safety inspectors.
“We don’t know what is in there. We could have slaughterhouses, illegal dumping. We’re targeting every aspect,” said Charles Danger, director of Miami-Dade County’s Building and Neighborhood Compliance Department. The multiagency effort, planned for months, was intended as a crackdown on a string of unlicensed slaughterhouses that have operated openly for decades in a small unincorporated area west of Hialeah Gardens called the C-9 Basin.