In November 2010, ARM’s first undercover investigation and joint task operation resulted in the closing of over 75 illegal animal slaughter farms, including many cockfighting and dogfighting rings, and hog dog rodeos. What promptly led to ARM’s independent investigations, was one of the most massive raids within the state. This raid was titled ‘Operation Restore’ and occurred in an area of Northwest Miami-Dade, named the C9 Basin.
The C9 Basin is directly off of Okeechobee Road, yet once entered, it becomes a maze of dirt roads and one-way streets where illegal operations had been allowed to spread like wildfires. The danger element of this area has discouraged law enforcement from patrolling and simulates a rustic world governed by its own Mafia hierarchy.
Upon investigating the area, ARM entered these properties, going deep undercover and documented, exposed, and shed light on the many crimes and animal cruelty abuse activities.
After collaborating the evidence to the highest-ranking government officials and law enforcement agencies, ARM was able to wipe out the slaughterhouse operations and ordered the complete teardown of many of the illegal structures to deter future activities.
ARM continues to monitor the C9 Basin in its efforts to display our presence and determination not to turn a blind eye.