Hialeah Gardens police are investigating the slaughter of a pet horse, apparently for meat.
The horse, killed Thursday, belonged to someone who was boarding it at a ranch near Okeechobee Road and NW 111th Street, according to Jeanette Jordan, executive director of South Florida SPCA, an animal rescue group.
The area is notorious for illegal slaughter farms, where rescuers often find starving horses, pigs and other farm animals.
The carcass had been stripped of “all the edible meats,’’ said Richard Couto, an anti-slaughter crusader who saw it. He said that the head and legs remain.
He described it as a dark brown mare, about 15 years old.