NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - Authorities are investigating after, animal welfare officials said, the decaying remains of three horses were discovered in Northwest Miami-Dade, Wednesday afternoon.

According to the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in South, the remains were found near Northwest 178th Street and 136th Avenue.

“This horse here was a race horse. There is another horse right here under the collapsed roof and then there is another horse — another palomino horse — on the other side,” said SPCA official Laurie Waggoner.

The race horse was found with a portion of its lip cut out. The SPCA suspects it was removed to dispose of any tattoos used to identify it.

7Skyforce HD hovered above the scene as Waggoner joined police in the search for clues.

Waggoner said the animals appear to have been butchered at the scene. She believes the hoses’ meat is intended to be used for human consumption based on the condition of the carcasses.

“You never get used to this. It’s heart-breaking every time,” said Laurie Waggoner. “They took the hide, they took every bit of meat off of her.”

Waggoner described the area as an abandoned set of stables.

If you have any information on these deaths, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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