The 28-year-old horse named Annie was euthanized Wednesday because the animal could not eat or drink without a tongue.

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SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say a horse’s tongue found severed at a property in western Washington state was intentionally cut off the animal.

KCPQ-TV reports the 28-year-old horse named Annie was euthanized Wednesday because the animal could not eat or drink without a tongue.

Thurston County Sheriff’s Deputy Carrie Nastansky says the horse’s owner discovered the severed tongue in the backyard of her Yelm property Tuesday and found the horse bleeding from her mouth.

Nastansky says the preliminary necropsy results indicate intentional trauma, noting the cut was clean and the horse’s teeth would not have been able to bite through it.

Authorities say rewards are being offered for information leading to an arrest.

Yelm is about 60 miles (96 kilometers) south of Seattle.

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Information from: KCPQ-TV, http://q13fox.com/