FAIRFIELD — A horse died Saturday on a private beach off of Fairfield Beach Road, according to the town animal control office.

Animal Control Officer Filipe Andrade said the owner was walking the horse in the water around 11 a.m. when the animal collapsed and drowned.

The specific cause of death could not be determined without a necropsy, Andrade said, but it could have been a heart attack.

He said firefighters, police, animal control, and public works officials were called to the scene, but the horse died before they arrived.

Emergency officials removed the horse’s remains from the beach, which connects to Jennings Beach and Penfield Beach, Andrade said.

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