Richard Cuoto has seen plenty of eyebrow-raising sights in his efforts to end illegal horse slaughter in south Florida, but his discovery of a site with human and animal bones from a some kind of religious ritual has raised the bar.
Cuoto, a high-profile campaigner against the illegal slaughter houses that operate in remote areas around Miam-Dade County, has found a site apparently used in some sort of religious rite.
The carefully arranged site includes animals bones and a weathered human skull in a cauldron which is surrounded by a chain.
Cuoto believes some of the bones at the site may also be human limbs.
It is possible the scene was used in a ritual in either the Santeria or Palo Mayombe religions, or perhaps a mixture of both. The latter originates from the Congo, and the 21 sticks in the cauldron are reported to indicate a link to that religion.
As well as the bones and cauldron, the site includes pots and small tools.
Miami-Dade police are investigating and are working to find out where the human bones originated.