SOUTHWEST RANCHES, Fla. -

The Broward Sheriff's Office was looking for thieves Tuesday who stole a horse and then slaughtered it about two blocks from its home in Southwest Ranches.

About 7 a.m. Saturday, David Sangiao-Parga told deputies Marco, his 8-year-old retired race horse, had been stolen on Friday from Just Perfect Landscaping at 5345 Southwest 210th Terrace. Marco was rescued after breaking his leg several years ago.

The thieves climbed a fence and led the horse away from the stables along a canal bank on the back of the property, said deputies. A second horse was left behind.

The stolen horse was found about two blocks away at South Eastern Fish Farms about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Deputies said the hind quarters and two large sections of the horse's back had been removed.

"It's hard, I think, for people who don't own a horse to understand because it's a different kind of bond you have with pets," said Sangiao-Parga. "They have, you know, it's almost like another family member."

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call BSO at 954-765-4321.