An investigation found that pigs were shot, stabbed, beaten with sledgehammers, gutted and boiled while alive

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MIAMI (AP) - A South Florida man faces multiple charges of animal cruelty after officials shut down a slaughterhouse described as "monstrous."

Miami-Dade police arrested 53-year-old Raul "Freaky" Fernandez on Wednesday following a joint, undercover investigation with the private group Animal Recovery Mission. The investigation was dubbed Operation Noche Buena, which is Spanish for Christmas Eve.

The Miami Herald reports the investigation found that pigs were shot, stabbed, beaten with sledgehammers, gutted and boiled while alive.

Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle said legitimate slaughterhouse operators wouldn't treat livestock in such a "ghastly manner."

Fernandez is being held in the Miami-Dade Jail. It wasn't clear whether he has an attorney. He's currently on probation for a marijuana trafficking conviction.

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