Horse intentionally mutilated in Yelm, vet says

Detectives now say a horse found with its tongue cut off in Yelm on Tuesday. (Photo: Thurston Co. Sheriff's Office)

YELM, Wash. - A veterinarian said on Thursday someone intentionally cut the tongue out of a horse in a pasture in Yelm. The horse, Annie, had to be euthanized.

The vet, from the Steamboat Island Animal Hospital, said there was no way the horse could have accidentally cut its own tongue out.

Investigators said it happened between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday at a pasture located off Bridge Road SE near Flume Rd SE. Annie's severed tongue was found nearby in the pasture.

According to Thurston Animal Control, the horse had to be euthanized because the injury prevented her from swallowing and eating food.

Investigators are asking for anyone with information about the case to call the tip line for Pasado's Safe Haven at 360-584-5560. The group is offering a $2,000 reward.

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