The Proenza Farm investigation and animal rescue was the second raid of a two part series of ARM’s leading investigation into Operation Sector 9. This operation involved the exposing of some of Miami’s most brutal underground animal traders for religious sacrifice. This ‘business’ was owned and operated by a father & son team identified as Leonardo Dumenigo and Yainiel Proenza. Both men were not only trading animals for sacrifice but were slaughtering animals for human consumption using some of the most inhumane methods known including being butchered, water boarding, skinned and hoisted up for butchering whilst still alive.
The main, lucrative business upon Proenza Farms was the open trading of animals for the purpose of religious sacrifice. The animals were prepared after their sale, by tying their legs together tightly with duct tape or rope and thrown inside unventilated trunks of cars for transportation. This itself is a serious felony charge of animal cruelty in the State of Florida.
The Proenza Farm was raided by Miami’s local law enforcement, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office and other official governmental departments in the span of seven days following the VIP Animal Sales Raid. On the day of the raid, over 550 animals were rescued and placed in permanent, loving homes throughout Florida. On the property several cock fighting roosters were also confiscated and are currently undergoing rehabilitation programs.
Both Yaniel Proenza and Leonardo Dumeningo were charged with several serious felonies including animal cruelty resulting in death. Their cases are currently pending and scheduled to face judgement in 2014.