Posted at: 04/16/2013 6:43 PM
Updated at: 04/16/2013 6:44 PM
By: The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Lea County officials have launched an investigation after about a dozen dead horses, cows and goats were found in a vacant lot near Hobbs.
Officials say the lot appears to be a dumping ground for unwanted animals.
A cleanup will begin on Wednesday.
County Environmental Health Department Director Lorenzo Velasquez said the carcasses that could pose a health risk.
Authorities have yet to determine who was responsible for dumping the animals. The New Mexico Livestock Board has also been contacted.
Velasquez said the county has identified the owner of the property, who has given officials permission to begin the cleanup. Velasquez said the owner also plans to install fencing.
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