A 23-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, reported stolen over the weekend in Miami, Florida, has been found dead, apparently slaughtered for meat.
The retired race horse, Thunder, went missing from his paddock between 8:00 p.m. on November 21st and 7:45 a.m. on November 22nd. Investigators discovered a hole that had been cut in the fencing, along with fresh tire tracks, on the east side of the property.
Owners Sandra and Jeffery Fobb said Thunder was the biggest of several horses turned out overnight.
Thunder’s remains were identified by his lip tattoo and freeze brand on the right side of his neck.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective E. Mathis at 305-252-8311 or the Agricultural Patrol Unit at 786-218-8344. Alternatively, people can call Crime Stoppers 305-471-TIPS (8477) or go to crimestoppersmiami.com to “Give a Tip.”
It has been reported that horse meat sells for between $4 and $40 per pound on the black market. Earlier this month, grand prix show jumper Phedras De Blondel suffered a similar fate. There are still no suspects in the case.