Suffolk County, NY — In a series of unsettling events, Suffolk County officials are seeking the public’s assistance after discovering the remains of multiple animals, which they believe are linked to ritualistic sacrifices. The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) reported these gruesome findings at several Long Island cemeteries.
A local resident’s routine walk with his dog at Union Cemetery in Middle Island on Nov 8 took a grim turn when they stumbled upon a bag containing a decapitated chicken and coconut pieces. Further investigation by SPCA detectives uncovered an assortment of fruits, vegetables, candle remains, and the skeletal head of a goat, which they indicated are typical elements of a ritualistic offering.
This is not an isolated incident, as a similar pattern emerged on October 17 with the remains of various birds arranged in a particular formation, pointing to the hallmarks of ritual sacrifice. Previous occurrences include the discovery of two beheaded chickens at a Coram cemetery in August.
The SPCA, confronting a situation that suggests a deliberate act of cruelty, is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved. Chief Roy Gross of the SPCA described the acts as barbaric, detailing the cruel methods used to inflict pain on the animals prior to their death, often with the use of a dull knife.
Authorities emphasize the seriousness of these crimes, noting that individuals found responsible could face substantial fines and jail time for misdemeanor animal abuse. The SPCA urges anyone with information to come forward as they work to put an end to these heinous acts and bring the perpetrators to justice.