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Horse found with tongue cut off in Yelm pasture

Detectives now say a horse found with it's tongue cut off in Yelm on Tuesday appears to be an accident. (Photo: Thurston Co. Sheriff's Office)

YELM, Wash. - A horse found with it's tongue cut off in Yelm on Tuesday had to be euthanized, according to the Thurston County Sheriff's Office.

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

A veterinarian brought to the pasture on Wednesday said it wasn't clear if the incident was malicious or a random accident.

According to Thurston Animal Control, the horse had to be euthanized, because the injury prevented her from being able to swallow and eat food.

A necropsy on the animal is planned for Thursday.


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