Authorities in Florida are investigating an apparent slaughter of a horse after pieces of its body were found.

Investigator Richard Couto of the Animal Recovery Mission tells local news outlets that investigators from the group found the horse's body early Sunday off a dirt road in Homestead. Couto estimates that about 90 percent of the horse had been removed. Parts of the horse were found scattered in the grass.

Miami-Dade police's agricultural unit will investigate the incident, although it's a difficult crime to prosecute.

Couto says Homestead is considered to be a "hot spot" for illegal horse slaughter. He says the meat is butchered and sold on the black market, and is often consumed for medicinal purposes.