Police are investigating after the remains of a horse that had been slaughtered were found in a canal in Southwest Miami-Dade.
The remains were found around 2 p.m. Monday in the canal at Southwest 136th Street and 205th Avenue, according to a Miami-Dade Police report released Tuesday.
Officers responded to the canal after a woman had reported finding the dismembered carcass, which included the horse's head, intestines and skin, the report said.
The white horse appeared to have been slaughtered in another location, and officers dry blood with possible fingerprints on a guard rail near the canal, the report said.
The bodies of several horses, believed to have been slaughtered for their meat, have been discovered throughout South Florida in the past few years, in an area activists say is one of the top illegal horse slaughter spots in the world.
Last month, three men and two teens were charged with running an illegal slaughterhouse on a farm on the outskirts of Hialeah. Hundreds of horses, pigs, goats, cows, geese, ducks and chickens were taken from the farm, authorities said.