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3 men, 2 teens arrested for running illegal slaughterhouse

November 19, 2011 local10.com

HIALEAH, Fla. - A total of five people, including two 14-year-olds, were arrested over the weekend, accused of running an illegal slaughterhouse.

Rudesindo "Rudy" Acosta is charged with three counts of animal cruelty, one count of using a firearm during the commission of a felony, 40 counts of animal confinement and three counts of conspiracy. Also arrested were Acosta's godson, Luis Cardova, 24, and Javier Estevanez, 43. Two 14-year-olds, also Acosta's godson's, were taken into custody. Officials say the four worked as butchers in Acosta's operation. 

In an affidavit, graphics images showed Acosta slaughtering two pigs and a cow. "They've got poles where they can hang the animals and everything. It's pretty bad," said Steve Rubin, who volunteered to rescue the animals. Police said Richard Couto with the Animal Recovery Mission photographed Acosta killing the animals. "They were killing all the animals with sledgehammers, axes, flame throwers," said Couto. "They have all sorts of things in there, like blowtorches and chainsaws and stun guns. Half the time they don't even kill them, they just cut them up while they're alive," said Andrew Malek with Animal Recovery Mission. 

According to the affidavit, on Sept. 30, Acosta repeatedly hit a pig in the head with a sledgehammer. He then stabbed the pig with a knife and dragged it across the slaughterhouse near Northwest 97th Avenue. On Oct. 29, prosecutors said Acosta and several others restrained and killed a cow and another pig. 

Prosecutors said Acosta was running the slaughterhouse on land owned by the city of Hialeah. They added that the slaughterhouse was in a land zoned as raw agricultural area, meaning no structures could be built there. 

A total of 600 other animals were rescued on Saturday. Five had to be euthanized on site and several died overnight. Rescue workers are not sure why the animals died, but think it may be from disease. Many of the animals are heading to farms in Ocala and Okeechobee. 

Comment: Thanks to the courageous activists who risk their safety to expose all the unspeakable acts of cruelty perpetrated on defenceless animals by the evil and depraved human species. Anything for economic gain. Nothing in the way of moral values. Everybody should decry such victimization of our fellow sentient beings. If the moral and legal status of the animal kingdom is to change, we must act individually and en masse to help it along.

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