The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the beheading and dumping of three goats in Calverton.The headless goats were found on the Otis Pike Preserve on Line Road, which is south of the Enterprise Park at Calverton, at a location about a mile south of Grumman Boulevard.
Their heads were found nearby, as were fruits and vegetables, according to Roy Gross Chief, the Chief of the Suffolk SPCA.
The goat carnage was first reported to the state Department of Environmental Conservation by a passerby at about 6 p.m. Tuesday, and the DEC then reported it to the Suffolk SCPA, according to Chief Gross.
“It doesn’t appear the slaughter was done at that location,” Chief Gross said. The animals and their heads were in plastic garbage bags and were badly decomposed, he said.
“We’re speculating they were killed elsewhere maybe three to four weeks ago and then thrown out of a car or truck at this location,” he said. The goats were found about three to six feet from the road, he added.
The chief said investigators believe the killings may be part of a ritualistic killing, because some ritualistic killings use fruits and vegetables.
“We’re investigating this as a criminal matter, killing an animal for no justifiable reason,” Chief Gross said. “A ritual is not a justifiable reason.”
The case is being considered animal cruelty, which carries a fine of up to $1,000 and up to a year in jail.
Chief Gross said that anyone with information can call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722 and that all calls will be kept confidential.