The remains of a horse slaughtered for meat have been hauled from a canal in Loxahatchee, Florida.
They were spotted by an angler on Thursday and removed by a pest control company. More remains from the animal were spotted the next day and removed.
Palm Beach County Animal Control said it appeared the animal had been butchered for its meat and its remains dumped.
There was evidence the horse had been shot in the head.
The remains of another butchered horse were found several miles away about four months ago.
They are the first such cases in Palm Beach County. The problem of illegal horse slaughter has been centered on Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
Possession of horse meat is a felony in Florida. The law was introduced in a bid to stem the illicit trade in horse meat.