But despite the graphic and disturbing nature of the photographs, Washington County investigators say the couple did not break the law.
In addition to the picture of the petite woman, who stands 5’6″ and 119lbs, smiling from inside the horse, another photo shows her blood-soaked body standing in front of the animal.
The woman and her boyfriend are also pictured holding what is believed to be the animal’s heart; and a fourth photo shows the pair holding a piece of the animal in front of their mouths as they pretend to eat it.
Washington County Sergeant Dave Thompson told local KOIN-TV even he was shocked by the graphic evidence.
‘At some point you in your career you say yeah I’ve seen a lot of bad stuff – you see this kind of picture and you realise maybe you haven’t seen everything,’ he said.
Police told the station the woman and her boyfriend had recently taken over care of the 32-year-old horse, which had lived in Ridgefield, Washington.Washington County’s investigation is suspended because no criminal activity had taken place.
The animal was reportedly in declining health.
According to an incident report, the couple told investigations they fired a single shot with a high powered rifle to put the horse down in effort to ‘humanely kill the horse and eat the meat’, according to KOIN.
The woman’s mother said she had no knowledge of the incident until she was shown photos by the station. She says her daughter has since received death threats from angry people across the U.S.
The mother confirmed the horse’s meat was harvested and eaten.
I refuse to show the actual picture of her inside the horse. It is too disturbing.