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Police make second arrest in recent Miami horse killings

Police arrested a second teen Tuesday in connection with the recent North Miami-Dade horse killings thought to be fueled by a market for equine meat.

Santiago Cabrera, a 19-year-old from Hialeah, was arrested Monday evening and charged with armed burglary, animal cruelty, killing a registered breed horse and breaking or injuring a fence.

According to Miami-Dade police, Cabrera confessed to taking part in two separate killings wherein the horses were cut limb from limb while still alive.

And each time he made off with a few hundred bucks, police say, quick money earned by helping three others break into local ranches, pull horses from their stalls, then tear them apart.

Both killings are only a fraction of those recorded this year in South Florida, where about 18 horses have been slaughtered so far. Investigators believe the killings are fueled by a demand for their illegal meat, a result of demands from a black market that has unsettled the local equine community.


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