WASHINGTON (KDKA) — Local officials are trying to get to the bottom of a mystery.

Investigators are searching for leads after a horse head was found in Washington.

The decomposed horse head was found in an alley near Third Street on Monday evening in a heavily populated residential area. It was mostly bone and had an “unbearable” stench.

Matt Staniszewski, director of public works in Washington, was called to the scene.

“I’ve been on city council for six years and I never would have imagined getting a phone call like this,” he said.

While the circumstances remind some of the famous scene in “The Godfather,” Staniszewski says officials are taking this seriously.

“I’m hoping it’s nothing like animal cruelty, heaven forbid,” Staniszewski told KDKA-TV. “Unfortunately, it could be a sick prank.”

A neighbor told Staniszewski they spotted a white pickup truck circling the block this weekend, but they did not write down the license plate number. Anyone with information is asked to call the Washington Police Department.

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