Marion County Sheriff car, Florida.

Horse found butchered south of Ocala

Authorities not sure if this case is related to similar ones in North Central Florida

A horse was found butchered last week in Summerfield.

Marion County Sheriff’s deputies said they spoke with a woman who keeps other people’s horses on her property. She told deputies she left the horses on May 28 after feeding them. She said when she returned the next day, one was absent.

The woman said she searched for the animal and eventually found the dismembered horse. She then called law enforcement.

Officials said the horse was a 7-year-old, brown female quarter horse.

It’s unknown if the incident is connected to several horses found slaughtered in central Florida since late last year.

Anyone with information about this case can call the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 732-9111, call Crime Stoppers at 368-7867 or visit

Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118, or @almillerosb

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