SUMTERVILLE, Fla. – A day after a Central Florida’s family was slaughtered for its meat, sheriff’s officials issued a warning to other horse owners saying similar incidents are on the rise across the state.
Tamara Weaver, of Sumterville, said her 10-year-old horse, Jayda, was found dead Wednesday morning across the street from where she was boarded. Weaver said the fence had been cut and evidence at the scene suggested that whoever was responsible was seeking the horse’s meat.
The Sumter County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday posted a warning to horse owners on its Facebook page.
“We are currently investigating an animal cruelty case that involved a horse being stolen and harvested for meat, from the Sumterville area,” the post said. “Although this is the only incident in Sumter County, through the investigation we have learned it is on the rise throughout the state.”