Leonardo Dumenigo and his son Yainiel Proenza, accused of operating an illegal slaughterhouse in Southwest Miami-Dade, were arrested on Friday and charged with three counts of animal cruelty.
Over 500 animals were rescued from the Parenza Animal Farm, located at Krome Ave. and SW 184th St. The animals are being vet checked and will be resettled in an Ocala, Fla. sanctuary. Among the rescued animals were rabbits, pigeons, chickens, pigs, goats, and ponies.
According to CBSlocal.com, the two men were released Sunday afternoon on bond.
In an undercover investigation beginning in October 2012, Richard Couto, founder of Animal Recovery Mission, an investigative animal welfare organization, secret videos were recorded of the inhumane slaughter of fully conscious animals in what has been described as the most barbaric methods by “violent dangerous criminals.”
Farm animals were stabbed, skinned while still alive, suspended by their hind legs and sliced up, and water boarded. One heartbreaking video of a rabbit hit in the back and slammed to the ground yet still wide awake showed him writhing in agony as his tormentors skinned him alive. As Couto stated, these men “got enjoyment” out of torturing the animals and letting these innocent victims suffer such excruciating pain that death was their only kind salvation.
As troubling as the inhumane methods of slaughter, the animals were slaughtered in filthy conditions; a very concerning health hazard since people would buy slaughtered animals there for human consumption.
Animals were also sold from the farm for religious sacrifices.
Just one week ago, the VIP Animal Sales located at Krome Ave. and SW 257th Street was raided for animal cruelty. Arrested were Andre Martinez, Daniel Lombana, and Juan Bazan, who was listed as the owner of the property. Another 75 animals were rescued from there, including a quarterhorse which has since been sent to the South Florida SPCA.
In addition, the South Florida SPCA is also hosting a kind environment to the rescued pigeons, ducks, turtles and a chicken.
According to Couto, more illegal slaughterhouses are on his radar, but the end of these two farms are an accomplishment of a joint endeavor:
“Over an extensive nine-month undercover investigation, ARM could not be happier with the outcome with the shutdown of Proenza Farm; all in which wouldn’t have been possible without the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office and the Miami-Dade Police Agricultural Unit.”
ARM was established in 2010, and as a nonprofit organization continues to operate for the welfare of animals in order to prevent pain, suffering, and torture inflicted upon them from inhumane practices.
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