Tuesday, December 22, 2015
No updates, no suspects, no persons of interest, no clues in the slaughter of the horse Phedras de Blondel sometime Saturday night after 8 p.m. or early Sunday morning before 7 a.m. on or about October 25th, 2015 at 10050 Gillet Road, from the surveillance photos above there had to be at least 2 or 3 men with a large pick-up truck working together to pull this off. Deborah Stephens reported her horse slaughtered on her property at the Imperial Horse Farm. Deputies arriving on-scene found a dead horse with large portions of meat cut from it and missing. “All four legs were cut off of him I don’t mean at the knee I mean from the shoulder,” said owner Steve Stephens. “They just left his ribcage and his neck and head.” Authorities are investigating it as a case of animal cruelty carried out by an expert butcher for meat (most likely people who have worked in a slaughter house). WFLA TV Tampa Fl: Reward Grows to $50,000 with help from outside Horse Industry for information on who slaughtered the horse Phedras de Blondel in Palmetto Fl.
“He had been filleted,” Ms. Stephens, the horse’s owner, said. “The slices were so deliberate and so well done that the moment you saw it: This was a professional.”The discovery of the horse, named Phedras de Blondel, in a remote pasture near woods at Imperial Farms Equestrian Center. Stephens found tire marks on his property. The suspects slaughtered Phedras De Blondel on the farthest part of his property loaded the meat up under the cover of darkness and drove off. Stephens added, “somebody out there knows somebody that either does it, has done it, or is doing it and you get a big enough of a reward, $50,000, and greed is going to come into the picture and somebody is probably going to get turned in.”
The horse was valued at $500,000 and had just arrived at the farm. Stephens said there was not much in the way of evidence at the crime scene and that those who did it were professionals (most likely people who have worked in a slaughter house). “We believe they were doing this to get the horse meat, why they hit this particular place we don’t know that,” said Manatee County sheriff’s spokesperson Dave Bristow. Authorities are investigating whether there are links to the other cases, or signs of an underground Black market in horse meat that is expanding. Stephens said money will not be an obstacle in tracking down the criminals. He said the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association spread the word which has turned the gruesome slaughter into international news among horse owners.
UPDATE: Two men seen on surveillance video “not the guys”. I was able to figure out what the year, make, and model of the ‘FRANKENSTEIN VAN’ the two guys where driving and contacted the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Saturday Morn November 7th and gave them the info, I had also seen the van in Ellenton, they subsequently found them Saturday afternoon and cleared them. PALMETTO, FL (WFLA) – Manatee County detectives said they have identified the two men in the horse slaughter case and determined that the subjects had no involvement or new information in this case. Detectives continue to investigate. The prized show horse was taken from its stall at a Palmetto horse farm, killed and butchered, possibly for its meat. A reward fund was set up and grown to more than $50,000 for information that would lead to the capture of the suspects. Last Thursday detectives released surveillance images of two men who may have information about the show horse’s killing. Sunday afternoon, November 8th, detectives confirmed that they have identified the men and concluded that they had no involvement or information in this case.
Regarding the $50,000 Reward For Information on who Slaughtered the Horse Phedras de Blondel in Palmetto Fl I would question people who work or had worked in slaughter houses, people who are expert butchers for meat from large animals like cows and pigs and yes even horses, and yes there is a slaughter house not too far from Imperial Farms. There is a Black Market for Horse Meat in Florida, people who come here from Mexico and Cuba are actively seeking horse meat. When it comes to eating horse meat, police may be facing a cultural issue. Several European nations consider it a delicacy and in Mexico, Central and South America it is widely eaten. In fact, in Cuba, beef is rarely found, and a plate of tasajo, cured horse meat, is a common dish. Richard Couto, his photo above, is an investigator with the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. In South Florida SPCA’s Richard “Kudo” Couto says he knows firsthand that there is a black market for horse meat. He even quotes prices — a pound of horse meat might sell for anywhere from $7 to $20, with one recent report of $40 for a pound in Broward County. Do the math, a horse weighing over 1,000 lbs can be dressed out to about 600 lbs, that’s $4,200 on the low end and up to $12,000 on the high end, the ultra high price in Broward County would make the killers a profit of $24,000.
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota SEX, CRIME CHEATERS & TERRORISM at http://www.wbipi.com