A horse suffered leg injuries after it was hit by a car in Baton Rouge Monday evening, officials said.

The animal “came out of nowhere from a wooded area,” in the 6100 block of Alexander Avenue around 7:30 p.m., said Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Don Coppola.

A car traveling northbound on Alexander Avenue hit the horse, which fled back into the woods, Coppola said. The driver wasn’t cited, he said.

After the horse and its owner were found, an officer with the East Baton Rouge Parish Animal Control and Rescue Center ordered the animal to the LSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, said Animal Control spokesman Hilton Cole.

The collision created a gash in the horse’s flesh from the top of its tail to the back of one of its knees, said Cole. The horse, which was tied to a rope connected to a stake in the ground, had broken free, said Cole, who added he did not know whether the animal’s owner was issued a citation.

No other injuries were reported, Coppola said.