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Want to help the SPCA investigate the recent ‘ritual killings’?

Decapitated goats and fruits and vegetables were discovered dumped in Calverton (courtesy photo)
Decapitated goats and fruits and vegetables were discovered dumped in Calverton last month (Credit: SPCA courtesy photo)

After a series of gruesome animal deaths believed to be “ritual killings,” The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals asking for volunteers to help investigate cases of animal cruelty.

In a news release, SPCA Chief Roy Gross said more investigators are needed due to the upsurge in animal cruelty cases, including the killings discovered in Riverhead and Calverton.

The first killing was discovered last month when three decapitated goats were found in Calverton. Then last Thursday, a Riverhead Town employee found three mutilated chickens on the railroad tracks near Hubbard Avenue.

Both the SPCA and the New York State Humane Society have offered thousands in rewards for information about the killings.

“We do believe it’s a ritualistic killing from some of these religious groups that think it’s OK to slaughter animals unjustifiably,” Mr. Gross said last week. “All too often this has been happening and it’s time to put a stop to it. We’re not in the dark ages any more.”

The SPCA is also conducting a joint investigation with Southold police into a duffel bag containing seven dead cats that was left on a beach in Orient last Thursday evening.

Volunteer investigators must pass a background check and have a valid drivers license. They will receive training on a variety of topics, including animal cruelty laws, criminal justice procedures, report writing and courtroom testimony.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the Suffolk County SPCA at (631) 382-7722 for more information and an application or go to the agency’s website to download an application.