Southwest Ranches vowing crackdown on horse killers

By Susannah Bryan

Sun Sentinel

Marco, a retired racehorse, was found slaughtered not far from his paddock.

Alarmed by the recent slaughter of a thoroughbred named Marco, Mayor Jeff Nelson proposed a new town ordinance to guarantee anyone caught butchering a horse in Southwest Ranches, Fla. would pay a $3,500 fine and spend one year in jail.

With Marco’s owner watching from the audience, the Town Council unanimously approved the Equine Protection Act — also called Marco’s Law — last week on first reading. A final vote is expected on Oct. 11.

“We are an equestrian community and we were outraged,” Nelson said before Thursday’s vote. “The death of your horse was not in vain. He will not be forgotten. Anyone caught abusing a horse in this town will be held accountable. We hope this never happens again.”

The council invited Suso Sangiao-Parga to say a few words.


If interested in discussing equine law, you can contact Equine Law Attorney Adam Trenk


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