4th man arrested in animal slaughter investigation

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 9:44 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 9:44 a.m.

MIAMI — A fourth man has been arrested in connection with an investigation into a South Florida farm that allegedly slaughtered animals in inhumane and unsanitary conditions.

VIP Animal Sales in south Miami-Dade County was raided Friday by county authorities after an eight-month undercover investigation by Miami Beach-based Animal Recovery Mission.

About 75 animals were removed from the business, including a horse, a rabbit and dozens of fowl and pigeons.

Authorities say animals were slaughtered in an area out of sight from roadside pens where live birds were sold legally.

Three men were arrested after the raid on felony animal cruelty charges. Two have been released on bond and one remains in custody.

The Miami Herald reports that a fourth man was arrested Tuesday on one felony count of animal cruelty.

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