VIP Animal Sales, located just 30 minutes drive South from the hub Miami Beach, staged a torture farm for animals who were at the mercy of heartless, criminal animal cruelty offenders, drug dealers, convicted horse killers and even a pedophille who at the time of the investigations was working within feet of children under the age of 8 years of age.
Aside from the health & safety dangers and crimes towards the community that were taking place on this property, animals were suffering some of the cruelest forms of torture and deaths, often (and documented) whilst still alive. These included, but are not limited, to being; beaten, skinned and butchered alive, water boarded, stabbed to death and drowned alive in boiling vats of hot water. Animals were also deprived the basic needs of food or water and investigators documented deperate animals feeding off the remians and blood of freshly slaughtered friends, simply to survive!
During a grueling eight months of undercover investigations ARM documented horrific treatments upon animals including goats, rabbits, chickens and sheep who were subjected to being slaughtered alive for human consumption as well as the sales for animal sacrifice ceremonies.
On the morning of June 19th, 2013 and as a result of our concrete evidence, ARM along with The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office and local law enforcement, raided VIP farms. A total of six illegal operations upon this property, including animal fighting and illegal animal slaughter operations, were closed as a result. Four arrests of violent animal killers whom each one already held long lists of prior convictions and felonies, were executed upon; Andre Martinez (Paedophile), Jesus Navarro (convicted horse killer), Juan M Bazan and the most dangerous, twisted, multi convicted criminal – Daniel ‘Cuvita’ Lombana (animal killer). Jesus Navarro, has since been sentenced to one year in prison. The remaining three offenders will soon be facing severe imprisonment over the next few months.
All 100 animals were recovered at this raid, some who were destined to be sacrificed at an on site live ceremonial sacrifice on the day of the raid. One of the offenders (Lombana) horses had to be euthanized because of severe health degradation, neglect and an incurable hoof disease. The remaining animals were taken to sanctuaries across Florida where they received treatment for severe malnutrition, starvation and illnesses. They now live out their days as nature intended.
Aside closing down another horrific ‘house of horror’s’ illegal animal slaughter farm, ARM’s goal with Operation Sector 9 investigation’s was to challenge the current status of ‘acceptable’ forms of treatment of animals intended for religious sacrifice and the proper handling during transportation and holding prior to trading.