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CYPRESS, Tex. (KPRC) A shocking discovery was made outside a house of worship near Cypress, Texas.

On Tuesday night, several Muslims who came to pray at the Islamic Outreach Center found a dead pig on the outside deck next to the entrance of the center.

"They were surprised. They were taken aback. They never expected to see something like this," said Ilyas Choudry of the Islamic Circle of North America.

At times, a pig has been used symbolically against Muslims because their faith does not permit them to eat pork.

"We can't ignore the fact that there is an element in our society and a lot of anti-Muslim sentiment that actually does play into these types of incidents," said Mustafaa Carroll of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.