NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) — The severed head of a goat surrounded by four chicken heads has been discovered in a Westchester County park.

Police in New Rochelle say the discovery was made by a woman and children at Glenwood Lake Park.

Police Capt. Joseph Schaller says the heads were resting on a layer of what appeared to be cornmeal inside an aluminum pan. They were found on Friday.

The captain says it’s likely the animal parts were used for some kind of ritual.

Schaller says he doesn’t know if the incident is connected to the discovery of two decapitated sheep in Ward Acres Park on Nov. 7.

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Comments (6)
  1. mjazz says:

    It could be Santeria.
    I think it could be Islam also, since it’s the beginning of Eid.

    1. Ed DeFelippis says:

      From what I know of Islam, leaving dead animal parts out in public is highly unclean and unacceptable.

      I don’t know anything about Santeria.

  2. JohnnyAloha says:

    Ritualized animal slaughter while repugnant to many, at least acknowledges the sanctity of life and the sacred nature of death itself. While cruel at its surface, it is dine with prayer and reverence in mind. The millions of animals slaughtered each day to feed an overpopulated world are killed with cold industrial efficiency and without ceremony or ritual. As per Valerie Traina’s comment, animal sacrifice was much more common in the ancient world than it is today. While I am no supporter of animal cruelty, the fact that I do eat meat has not blinded me to the unseen and unheard cruelties commited every day so that we may eat without having to kill.

  3. Valerie Traina says:

    Our society is devolving at an ever increasing rate. It’s alarming, it’s shocking, and unfortunately, I am not surprised. Our species has no shame.

  4. Rina Deych says:

    This is heinously cruel. I’m a big proponent of freedom of religion, but I draw the line at torture and cruelty … and so should the law.

  5. Keef says:

    Goats Head Soup is NOT a ritual. ‘Tis an album.

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