Another horse in Florida found butchered and dismembered


  • Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons

A horse was found butchered and dismembered at a horse farm in Central Florida in a horrific scene that may be part of a pattern of horse killings in the area.

The horse, named Frosty, was discovered May 29 at a farm in Summerfield in Marion County. The scene was gruesome, with nothing but bone, hide and intestines left of the animal.

Cindy Downs, the owner of the farm (where horses are also boarded temporarily), says that Frosty was alive the night before, but when she returned to the property the next morning, she discovered the remains.

“She was my life," Frosty's owner, Mari Pritchard, heartbreakingly told ClickOrlando. "She was my kid. It was like my whole life ended. Everything stopped and it made me want to vomit.”

As of yet there are no suspects in this case.

This incident mirrors similar cases of horse dismemberment and butchery reported in the area over the last few months, starting Thanksgiving of last year. One grimly plausible theory is that these horses are being killed for meat, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Please follow CDC guidelines and Orange County advisories to stay safe, and please support this free publication. Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to bring you news on how coronavirus is affecting Central Florida. Please consider making a one-time or monthly donation. Every little bit helps.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.