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The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for leads on who abandoned three horses in a secluded area outside Pearl River. The horses appeared to be malnourished and showed signs of possible abuse.

Witnesses reported seeing a white Chevrolet pickup truck pulling a horse trailer in the area about 8 p.m. Monday.

Deputies who went to the scene late Monday night were unable to load the horses into the agency’s trailer and spent the night with them. The next morning, representatives from the parish Animal Services Department and a veterinarian came to the scene to evaluate the animals.

One of the animals had a badly injured leg and was euthanized.

The Sheriff’s Office and Animal Services are investigating the incident as a possible case of animal cruelty.

Anyone who has information about the horses or the truck and trailer is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at (985) 898-2338 or Animal Services at (985) 809-0183.