Several decapitated animals were found Sunday in bags left on the roadside in Melville, the Suffolk County SPCA said.
The organization said that Suffolk Police had notified them that the seven dead animals had been found on the side of Round Swamp Road about 100 feet south of Exit 39 of the Northern State Parkway. The SCPA said the partially decomposed remains of five chickens and two goats had been left in black plastic garbage bags.
The Suffolk County SPCA has investigated many cases of animal sacrifice over the years.
Chief Roy Gross of the Suffolk County SPCA stated that animal sacrifice is the ritual killing and offering of an animal as part of a religious ritual. Also found at the location were fruits and vegetables.
A $2,000 reward is being offered by the Suffolk County SPCA for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for unjustifiably harming, mutilating or killing an animal.
Anyone witnessing any incident of animal cruelty or neglect in Suffolk County please contact the Suffolk County SPCA at (631) 382-7722.