A horse with head trauma found dead on a Los Angeles street had not been beaten or shot, local police report.
The Los Angeles Police Department launched an investigation on April 9 after the body was found in a cul de sac off the 11700 block of Kagel Canyon Street, in the Sylmar area of San Fernando Valley.
The horse’s tail was attached by rope to a telephone pole behind it, suggesting it may have been used to pull its body from a trailer.
Its head injuries were so severe that initial views were that the animal had been beaten or shot.
Investigators now say the death appears to have been accidental. A necropsy was performed which indicated the horse may have died while struggling inside a horse trailer, hitting its head and possibly strangling itself.
There was no evidence of foul play, although the department’s Animal Cruelty Task Force was continuing its investigation.
Police have talked to at least two people with apparent links to the horse, but a course of action in the case had yet to be determined.