Police officers encountered a sad herd of horses Saturday not far from the Nicaraguan border. Officers speculated that the animals were being brought to Costa Rica to be slaughter as food for humans.
The animals appeared to have suffered. Some were covered with ticks. Others had worms, bruises, bloody cuts and infections. Some were blind. The animals also were starved, and bones were protruding.
Police characterized the herd of 62 horses and four mules as extremely unhealthy.
They arrested the man who appeared to have charge of the horses due to paperwork that may be faked.
The Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal will conduct an investigation. That agency has taken charge of the animals. Obviously some horses will have to be put down. Police encountered the horses in Pocosol de San Carlos.