(WTXL) — A Florida Sheriff's Office is warning the public after they say there has been an increase of horses across the state being slaughtered for their meat.
The Sumter County Sheriff's Office is investigating an animal cruelty case that involves a horse being stolen and harvested for it's meat.
At this time, authorities say they are taking proactive measures, performing extra patrols on properties that house livestock.
Although this particular incident took place in Sumter County, investigators said incidents like this are on the rise throughout the state.
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says they are also investigating the theft and slaughter of a horse that took place earlier this month.
They are currently offering an combined reward of $13,000 for information leading to an arrest in this case.