The decaying remains of three horses ostensibly butchered for meat have been found in Hialeah Gardens, Florida.

Laurie Waggoner, director of rescue operations for the South Florida Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), said the remains included those of a Thoroughbred with the upper lip removed to eliminate an identifying tattoo, a bay horse with no facial markings, and a Palomino. All appeared to have been butchered at the scene, she said.

The Miami-Dade Police Department’s (MDPD) Agricultural Patrol Section is investigating the incident.

The animals are the latest to be found in Miami-Dade County in recent years, said South Florida SPCA President Kathleen Monahan.

“This is tragically common in South Florida,” she said. “We urge South Florida horse owners to be extra vigilant when it comes to keeping their animals safe, and we will continue to everything we can to work with law enforcement to put an end to this hideous practice.”

As the probe continues, anyone with information about the incident should call the MDPD Agricultural Unit at 786/218-8344 or Crime Stoppers at 305/471-8477. All Crime Stopper calls are anonymous.