NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Shortly before midnight Monday, St. Tammany Parish sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a secluded area just outside of Pearl River in reference to abandoned horses.
Deputies located three horses that appeared to be malnourished, neglected and showed signs of possible abuse. One of the horses appeared to have a broken or badly injured leg, the Sheriff's Office said.
Witnesses reported seeing a white Chevrolet pickup truck pulling a newer-model silver horse trailer in the area Monday at about 8 p.m.
Because of the animals' injuries, deputies were unable to load them into the agency's horse trailer. Deputies stayed with the horses overnight and representatives from parish's Animal Services Department and a veterinarian responded to the location Tuesday to evaluate the horses and assist with moving them.
Animal Services workers and deputies eventually were able to load two of the horses into the trailer. The third horse had to be euthanized at the scene because of its condition.
The surviving animals are in the custody of Animal Services, and detectives are investigating this as a "possible animal cruelty case," according to a Sheriff's Office news release.
Anyone with information or who may have seen the truck and trailer in the area Monday night is asked to call the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office at (985) 898-2338 or Animal Services at (985) 809-0183.