Operation Groves

In February of 2018, whilst canvassing an ongoing operation in West Palm Beach (Florida), ARM investigators stumbled upon a suspicious property which appeared to assimilate animal slaughter operations.

After promptly enquiring about purchasing animals for human consumption, ARM entered the rear of the dilapidated property following an invite by the business owner, Ricardo Cabrera (Ricky). Once there investigators shed witness to a variety of animals living in barren and desolate conditions. Animals exist amongst dead and decaying animals, and are deprived of basic water or food and express signs of sickness and disease.

Multiple visits to the property revealed horrific living conditions, short of horror scenes, with pigs who are locked inside of metal horse trailers for unknown lengths of time. These pigs were never documented with having food or water and lived in the crammed trailer, whose walls were heavily splattered in blood from previously killed animals. Inside, the pigs are shot in the and stabbed, then dragged to their infinite deaths in the butcher area whilst their companions witness the entire torture and torment.

Operating on an abundant demand and supply, Rancho Cabrera was attending animal auctions once a week and purchasing an average of 1,500 birds per week.

Following ARM’s undercover operations upon, what became titled as Rancho Cabrera, brutal crimes against animals were documented, which included, but were not limited to the following;

Animals are starved, malnourished, dehydrated and show signs of infectious disease.

Animals are killed inhumanely and are not being rendered insensible to pain prior to slaughter.

Animals are being contained inhumanely in cramped living conditions and cages, some unable to move freely or stand up.

Animals are being shot with small calibre guns or stabbed inhumanely, prior to being dragged to the butcher area.

Animals are tortured and killed in front of minors

Chickens throats are carelessly cut with dull blades and thrown into plastic barrels where they thrash around with other birds and drown in their own blood.

Animals are hung up alive on metal hooks, before being deemed insensible to pain.

One of the most shocking components of Rancho Cabrera, that sets apart from the 140 illegal animal slaughter farms which ARM has closed down to date, revealed customers being allowed to slaughter their own animals. This has never before been witnessed.

Whilst already operating as an unregistered, unlicensed and unregulated slaughter operation, animals were subjected immensely inhumane handling, killing and butchering. All of the animals slaughtered for human consumption, were documented in a gross violation of the humane slaughter act (FL State Statute 828.24(2)). On no occasion ARM investigators capture any of the animals being killed, being rendered insensible to pain prior to slaughtering. On one occasion, a goat was pierced in its back legs and strung upside on metal hooks prior to having its throat cut.

Aside the business owner, Ricard Cabrera, two other employees work at Rancho Cabrera. These include a hispanic woman known as Katie and Cabrera’s adult son.During ARM’s investigators all three of these individuals were directly involved in the inhumane slaughter of the animals upon Rancho .Upon one visit to Rancho Cabrera, investigators witnessed all three animal killers, slaughter approximately 200 chickens – all in an inhumane manner.
Rancho Cabrera, which is located atrd Rd, N Loxahatchee, Florida, has no record of obtaining any license, including a USDA custom exempt classification. During ARM’s investigation, investigators also captured incriminating evidence of the slaughtered animals being delivered and distributed throughout Palm Beach County to boatyards, restaurants, offices and residential customers.

This property is also violating multiple environmental, building and zoning and health codes. Read the full report here.

On May 11th, 2018, ARM met with Palm Beach Law enforcement and the State Attorneys office where charges were presented.

On August 2nd, 2018 Rancho Cabrera was raided by the Palm Beach Sheriffs Office. Three individuals were placed under arrest to include Ricardo Cabrera (57 Years), Chico Allen Cabrera (29 years – Ricardo’s son) and Roberto Llorente (65 Years) . An extensive list of over 90 felony charges of animal cruelty have been filed o the three offenders, as well as; Felony Cruelty to Animals, Conspiracy to Commit Felony Cruelty to Animals, Kill Animals Inhumane Methods and Conspiracy to Commit Killing Animals using Inhumane Methods.

High Bails were set for the offenders in a Palm Beach County Court. Ricardo Cabrera’s bond was set at $139,000, Chico Cabrera at $94,000 and Llorente for $77,000. Circuit Judge Ted S. Booras, also made it clear that the defendants could not pay their bail with the money they received from their alleged crimes at the slaughterhouse. Prosecutors stated that the investigators seized $120,000.00 during their raid.

Along with ARM’s investigative and the assistance of other local, state and federal agencies, Rancho Cabrera and the illegal slaughtering and animal cruelty activities, are now shut down. This has since become one of the most successful animal cruelty cases of 2018