The headless corpses of three animals were left at the top of the Barrie Park sledding hill Wednesday night. Witnesses said they observed a man pull the decapitated bodies of a goat and a rooster from a plastic bag and leave them on the ground. The man then fled, leaving a headless hawk in the bag.
Police say they suspect the incident is related to a Caribbean religious sect called Santeria.
“Animal sacrifices aren’t unusual there,” said Deputy Chief Robert Scianna. Scianna said the animals were not killed at the park, just left there.
The remains were turned over to the village’s animal control department.
— Bill Dwyer