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1 more arrested, 1 at large in northwest Miami-Dade County slaughterhouse bust

About 9,500 animals found at illegal slaughterhouse

From left: Ruben Rodriguez, 67; Henry Parra Oporta, 37.
From left: Ruben Rodriguez, 67; Henry Parra Oporta, 37.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – One more person has been arrested following an illegal slaughterhouse bust in northwest Miami-Dade County earlier this month.

Miami-Dade police said Ruben Rodriguez, 67, turned himself in March 14. Police are still looking for Henry Parra Oporta, 37.

On March 12, Gregorio Santa Ana, 69, and Jose Armando Solis, 35, were taken into custody after 9,500 animals were found on the property. Authorities said this was the largest animal rescue in the country this year.

Authorities said the animals were being starved, deprived of water and slaughtered in vicious ways.

More than 3,000 animals were discovered in such poor conditions that they had to be euthanized by veterinarians at the scene, police said.

The rescued animals are in the custody of the Animal Rescue Mission, where they will receive nutritional and medical assistance.

Police said many dead animals were also found throughout the property.

Anyone with information about Oporta's whereabouts is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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