A Miami husband and wife bodybuilding duo have been arrested and charged with four counts of animal cruelty after they posted a series of disturbing photos of their horses online.
Alex Paez, 48, and Milagros Cowan, 50, used three horses for a gladiator-style photoshoot last year. According to American Overlook, the couple posed with the horses as they carried axes and medieval weapons.
One year later, however, the horses were found by animal rescue workers in horrible condition on the couple’s ranch.
“Flammable items were at the facility, along with old boats and trailers, outboard engines, buckets of paint, fiberglass material, cutting objects, garbage,” animal-rights volunteers recounted. “There was absolutely no place to turn out the horses.”
Since the couple had given the horses basically no care, the animals were wild when they were found. They were so skinny that their ribs were showing, and their hooves were so grown out that they could barely walk.
Sadly, the couple felt absolutely no remorse for what they had done.
“I wish the police would spend more time on human victims, and child victims, than on horses who skipped a meal,” their lawyer said in a statement.
The horses are now being cared for by the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SFSPCA) and are reportedly safe and sound.
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