A dead horse was found tied to a fence Sunday morning on Gibbens Road near the Baton Rouge Zoo, in what animal control officials are calling a case of “dumping.”

Baton Rouge police responded to a call about the horse in the 1100 block of Gibbens Road just before 9 a.m., said BRPD spokesman Cpl. Don Coppola.

The horse was found lying on the ground tied by its legs to a fence and appeared to be dead, said Hilton Cole, director of the East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control and Rescue Center, which also responded to the incident.

“We suspect someone had a dead horse that they just wanted to dump,” Cole said. “It was more of a case of dumping than cruelty to animals.”

No signs of trauma or injuries were found on the horse. The animal possibly died of old age, Cole said, although they were not able to determine the horse’s age.

Typically when someone wants to dump a dead horse, Cole said, they will take the animal to another location in a trailer, tie a rope from the horse to a fence, open the trailer and then drive off, leaving the horse there.

Cole noted that this is the second case of dumping they’ve seen in the past few years. A similar incident occurred when a dead horse was found tied up off Plank Road, near the airport about three years ago.

There was no microchip or any form of identification found on the horse, Cole said. The Department of Public Works also responded to the scene to help dispose of the body.

Police are unsure how long the dead animal was tied to the fence.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the horse may call Baton Rouge police at (225) 398-2000.