Grisly Discovery: Decapitated Animals Found In Suffolk: SPCA

MELVILLE, NY — Decapitated chickens and goats were found in black plastic garbage bags in Melville on Sunday, the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced. Suffolk SPCA officials called it a grisly discovery.

The partially decomposed remains of five chickens and two goats — all headless — were found in bags on the side of Round Swamp Road approximately 100 feet south of exit 39 of the Northern State Parkway, the Suffolk SPCA said. Suffolk police called Suffolk SPCA officials to the parkway after finding the bags.

The Suffolk SPCA believes this to be a case of animal sacrifice, or the ritual killing and offering of an animal as part of a religious ritual. Fruits and vegetables were also found near the garbage bags, says Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross.

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A $2,000 reward was offered by the Suffolk SPCA for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for “unjustifiably harming, mutilating or killing an animal,” Gross said. An extra $1,000 was put up by the New York State Humane Society, Gross said.

Animal cruelty will not be tolerated in Suffolk County, Gross said.

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“If you witness any incident of animal cruelty or neglect in Suffolk County please contact the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722,” the organization wrote.

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