Animal Recovery Mission (ARM) told NBC 6 Tuesday that a man seen on undercover video butchering pigs alive has been found and arrested.
The man was originally identified as “Elvin” by ARM. But, according to Richard Cuoto, ARM’s lead investigator, the man’s real name is Yurianne Hervis Gonzalez. Cuoto said Miami-Dade Police tracked down Gonzalez and arrested him.
Records showed Gonzalez was booked into jail late Tuesday on 30 counts of animal cruelty and one charge of grand theft. Gonzalez, 33, made his first appearance in court Wednesday, where he was ordered held on $80,000 bond.
"We're talking about a monster here," said Cuoto. "We witnessed this individual sledgehammering animals, gutting them alive, beating tehm, boiling them alive, dragging them inhumanely into butcher areas."
ARM’s investigation, called Operation Noche Buena, helped shut the slaughterhouse down. Several people including the farm’s owners were charged with animal cruelty.
Cuoto put up a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the man. No word on if someone has claimed that reward.
If Gonzalez is able to bond out of jail he will be under house arrest wearing a GPS ankle monitor.