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Abandoned Horse Found Shot, Tied To Telephone Pole In Cul-De-Sac [Graphic]

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The LAPD's Animal Cruelty Task Force is investigating the death of a horse that was found shot in the head with its tail tied to a telephone pole in a cul-de-sac just off the 2010 freeway near Sylmar. The horse, which also showed signs of a brutal beating, was discovered on the 1700 block of Kagel Canyon Street around 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

Officer Norma Eisenman told the L.A. Times that "it appears the horse was shot in the head," but according to ABC-7, a pending necropsy will determine whether the horse was shot or beaten to death.

Detective Eric Bixler told City News Service that sometime between midnight and 7 a.m. on Saturday, "someone beat and/or killed [the] horse and left it with its tail tied to a telephone pole with a rope. This was done intentionally and maliciously," he said. "It's very strange, this whole thing."

The Times reports that evidence was recovered at the scene, which is located near some horse stables.

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"There was tire marks where the horse was left...plus, there was other evidence that was there that will eventually lead to an arrest," Bixler told ABC.

Eisenman told the L.A. Daily News, "Anytime an animal is beaten or left for dead just on a sidewalk like that, it’s just not the right thing to do." No, no it's not.