In Yelm, Washington, authorities have been 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 had to be humanely euthanized since she was not able to drink or eat.
A necropsy report completed on Thursday and posted on the Thurston County Sheriff’s Department Facebook stated a forensic veterinarian determined Annie’s preliminary results indicated intentional trauma – someone cut out her tongue on purpose. There was a clean cut from the very base of her tongue. Furthermore, the horse’s teeth had been degraded at the back of her mouth, and it would have been impossible for her to have bitten off her tongue. Additional lab work and x-rays are still pending.
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. Annie’s tongue was found in a nearby pasture.
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