Residents of one South Florida neighborhood say dead animals are being dumped throughout their community and they want something done about it.
Lazara Martinez says she wants to live in a clean community that doesn’t smell like decomposing animals. So every week she grabs trash bags, hoping something will change and that she won’t find decapitated goats, chickens, and ducks tossed on Allapattah streets.
"I pick up all the dead animals off the railroad tracks between Northwest 26th Avenue and Northwest 17th Avenue," Martinez said. "Every day you'll find an animal or goats, even that."
Residents say the animal carcasses are causing public health concerns. Miami Police say the disturbing crime is punishable by up to one year in jail and a hefty fine, but it's difficult because offenders have to be caught in the act.
Martinez says it’s been going on for the past six months and happened most recently this Tuesday morning.
"One time I found a goat just thrown on the sidewalk and little kids have to pass by and see that?" she said.
Concerned homeowners like Martinez are asking the community to stay alert and come forward with tips. Anyone with information can call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.