LEO is very involved, very motivated to catch and dispatch these killers gone.
Please don't make it seem no one cares or is doing anything because you are wrong, very wrong. This is a huge priority to catch them..
The communities are working closely together, watching each others animals, alerting to unfamiliar activities, helping with surveillance and better fencing...
Being a vigilante is not encouraged because of the innocent it could hurt who happened by...
The state of Florida is 65,755 square miles. 500 miles long and 160 miles wide...
That is one big area for law enforcement agencies to patrol, to cover and protect from "poachers/killers" besides also normal police work. Animals have been targeted, stolen and killed from coast to coast, end to end..
The horse industry is in the billions of dollars a year for this state..you bet with that number this is a priority.
We have special units of LEO for ag crimes, but it isn't like a thousand extra LEO have been added.
Yes, LEO are asking for assistance from the community and that assistance is pouring in...
Each lead, each piece of shared needs checked out...
When you have suspicious activity reported in more than 200+ locations a day..
As for punishment...they don't care.
The law is not playing games with punishment if caught. Severe it shall be.
LEO's know where the meat is going, who is consuming, how much is paid for it...
Money is a huge motivator in crime, and there is a tremendous amount of money in horse meat that people are willing to take that chance of getting caught.
It is not one person or 2 persons but many who are doing this...a ring.
Catching them in the act...well, they better hope it is LEO's!
But please, don't think this is not a priority, that citizens are not taking a stand and that laws are not waiting to be applied...
The slip-up is coming as the pressure is increased...within seconds they have been missed, but the clues are numerous and mounting leading law to their doorstep.
Sadly though, it isn't the first time and won't be the last that this occurs here as it does in other areas of this nation. Where certain nationality, religious beliefs and cultures congregate so do their... choices is a very distasteful word but fits. And with that follows the pull of money paid for illegal goods in this nation.
(LEO is abbreviated for Law Enforcement Organization)
I appreciate and understand the explanation. I wasn't criticizing at all.
We're all different from different backgrounds. As a carpenter I know says, everything to him looks like a nail. I spent my life as an electronic technician so everything to me has an electronic solution.
What I'm hearing by these posts is this activity is mostly happening in Florida. Where it happens to me isn't as important as HOW it happens. The horses are fenced. The perpetrators have to get to the horse, cut a fence, lock, gate, open a barn, then walk in, drive in...doesn't matter. Something has to be opened or cut to get in.
Now if this is continuing as it has been, to me it's like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown. This time will be different.
No, people have to get to the horse.
So...try something different. Something unexpected.
That's why, to me, it's easy to have a simple system where if fence is cut, gate or barn opened, alarm goes off. It's not that difficult or expensive to do. Cameras are fantastic...but after the fact! I'd rather know instantaneously when entry is made...someone is notified. Now "alarm" is almost limitless, everything from sireen(s), lights to phone dialer, indoor buzzer, etc.
I'm not implying owners aren't compassionate, just the opposite. I'm suggesting trying a different approach.
Our new stable is not that far from the house. From our bedroom to stable doors about 300ft. When it was being built I ditched underground for water, electric, then lots of assorted cables. A hidden magnetic switch on the stable doors every time door opens a buzzer goes off in house.
Even areas without power there are ways to alarm protect, just like solar fence chargers.
The bottom line is someone needs to outsmart and catch these yahoos. No one should have to go through this.
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