A Lockeford rancher reported that a mutilated horse had been dumped on her property on Wednesday morning, San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office spokesman Deputy Les Garcia said.
The animal was discovered before 8 a.m. on Wednesday, and had been dropped off sometime after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday on the 19000 block of Atkins Road.
The thoroughbred female horse was starved thin and had both lips cut off. The rancher, whose name was not released, said the lips would be cut off to remove any identifying tattoos on a race horse or thoroughbred. That tattoo could be connected with the animal's documentation.
Garcia said there are no suspects yet.