According to a Miami-Dade Police Department spokesperson, owner Carlos Bermudez, 47, surrendered the horse and was charged with animal cruelty. Bermudez was not taken into custody but instead instructed to appear in court at a later date.
Waggoner said Bermudez told rescuers that the horse had only been in his care for approximately two years, but that the senior mare had been on the property since 2016. She was left with a brand that may have been placed there by a previous owner.
“It’s always hard to see,” Waggoner said. “In almost every situation, I ask myself, ‘What’s going to be best for this animal?’ and, in her case, you know, bringing her in here is what was best for her.”
Since being rescued and rehomed to the SPCA, Waggoner said that Windy has received treatment on her hind leg for a wound that was believed to have been present for several months. She has also gotten vaccinations and will be integrated with the other horses in the SPCA’s care as her recovery progresses.
“She’ll just be loved and fed and rehabbed,” Waggoner said, “and she’ll eventually probably be looking for a permanent retirement home.”