dead_horse.jpgNAPLES, Fla. (AP) _ Authorities say a southwest Florida family found one of their horses slain in their backyard on Christmas morning.


Collier County Sheriff's spokeswoman Karie Partingon tells the Naples Daily News that the family told investigators that it looked as though the horse had been killed with an ax.

Vanessa Gutierrez told the newspaper that her father discovered their 10-year-old mare Muneca dead when he went to feed her Sunday morning.

Gutierrez says the family plans to bury the horse Monday and rebuild the fence around their property.

The family's says Muneca's foal, Bambi, had been stolen last month. That case has not been solved.