Browsing: Animal Cruelty

homestead_horse_legSouth Florida SPCA

This morning, a man riding through a fairly empty area of Homestead, Florida — a farming community Just southwest of Miami — pulled his horse to a screeching halt. He called Laurie Waggoner, director of branch operations for the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, also known as the SPCA, and said he had found something awful.

“He saw the remains of a horse,” Waggoner tells New Times. “He said it was badly decomposed.” It was the second horse found slaughtered in Homestead in as many days, leading Waggoner and the SPCA to draw one frightening conclusion: “Someone’s stealing horses and butchering them,” she says.

bodybuilder_horse_hurtersCourtesy of South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Migdalia “Milly” Cowan and her husband, Alex Paez, were regulars on the national bodybuilding circuit, traveling cross-country to flex while glistening in Speedos. But while they competed, prosecutors say, they left their horses — which they used as props in muscled photo shoots — to starve back on their South Miami-Dade ranch.

Paez has already pleaded guilty to the animal abuse charge, but Cowan has so far fought the allegations in court. She’s scheduled to go to trial — and the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is already waiting in the courthouse to ask for a stiff sentence.

zelthewolfA Mesa man, who according to police went by the online alter ego “Zel the Wolf”on the digital art-sharing site DeviantArt.com, was arrested this week for alleged online sexual contact with two 12-year-old girls and for bestiality.

Mesa police say Aaron Thomas Usery, 21, engaged in virtual sexual relationships with two 12-year-olds in Overland Park, Kansas, exchanging nude photographs with the girls, and communicating with them “while using ‘Skype’ and ‘Google hangouts,'” according to a probable-cause statement on file with the Maricopa County Superior Court.

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