Trial begins in Loxahatchee animal slaughter case

imageThe former owner of a Loxahatchee farm at the center of what prosecutors are calling a brutal illegal animal slaughter operation is now on trial.

Testimony began Tuesday morning in the animal cruelty trial of Jorge Garcia, arrested with several others after a nonprofit animal rights group gave investigators video evidence of farm workers shooting at and repeatedly stabbing a goat.

Another man arrested with Garcia, Rafael Ramirez, is also charged with illegally selling horse meat, although prosecutors said they found no evidence of horses being slaughtered at the farm.

Several other men took pleas in the case. Defense attorney Andrew Stine told jurors in the case that Garcia wasn’t the one who slaughtered the animal in question, and also said the manner in which it was killed was legal.