In Yelm, Washington, authorities are investigating whether a horse’s tongue was severed in an accident or if it had been intentionally cut out. On Wednesday, the horse named Annie was humanely euthanized since she was not able to drink or eat.
According to Fox News, Annie had been an extremely friendly horse and would approach anyone. On Tuesday, Annie’s owner found the horse in her backyard without her tongue. As of Wednesday, it was inconclusive if the horse had been mutilated on purpose or yanked out accidentally in a deliberate act. Thurston County sheriff’s deputies stated it would have taken three or four people to hold her down. A necrospy to determine the exact cause is expected to be available on Thursday.
Deputies described another case of animal abuse nearby recently that causes concern the cases may be connected. A still alive, emaciated sheep was discovered stuffed into two plastic garbage bags. No suspects were ever found.
Rewards to $3,000 have been offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of person(s) involved in this horrific case of possible animal abuse. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360.584.5560. You can also call 1.800.222.TIPS (8477) or www.P3Tips.com.
Rest in peace Annie.
(Photo of horse with her tongue cut out via Thurston County Sheriff’s Department)
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