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The following is an article from the Horse.
A Florida law enforcement officer is warning horse owners to carefully vet buyers before selling an animal in person or online.
Captain David Walesky, operations manager for Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, issued the warning after department personnel discovered the severed head of a horse floating in a drainage canal in The Acreage neighborhood.
Walesky said department personnel made the discovery Dec. 19 after a passerby who spotted the skull. Further investigation revealed a bullet hole in the skull from a kill-shot to the horse’s head, he said. Part of the horse’s tail was also found, but the remains were too severely decomposed to determine how long they were in the water, Walesky said.
Authorities suspect the horse was illegally slaughtered because of the other items found at the scene.
“We found a feed bucket and other items that tell us the horse was probable dumped out of a truck,” he said.
Walesky said whoever slaughtered the horse likely purchased it or acquired it free of charge from someone advertising an unwanted horse on Craigslist or through a notice posted in a local feed store.
“It’s much easier to get a horse this way than to steal it,” Walesky said. “People need to know who they are selling the horse to.”
Meanwhile, those who illegally slaughter horses for human consumption are difficult to identify unless they are caught killing and dismembering the animal, he said.
“But even possessing the meat (and selling it at an illegal butcher farm) is illegal,” Walesky said. “We’re asking anyone who has information about this or any other similar case to let us know.”
Anyone with information about this case or others should call Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control at 561/233-1200. Tipsters can also call CrimeStoppers of Palm Beach County at 800/458-TIPS (8477).