Sacramento animal control officials are investigating what may be another in a series of unexplained animal killings in the city.
Two chickens were found in a box with money along the Sacramento River bike trail located between the Greenhaven and Little Pocket neighborhoods, according to Gina Knepp, city animal care services manager.
Knepp said both chickens, a large hen and a smaller hen, had been decapitated. The head of the larger hen was in the box, but the head of the smaller one was not found. The box also contained five one-dollar bills and a paper plate, she said.
“I don’t know if its a copycat, or what,” she said, referring to the series of incidents, which began several months ago with the discovery of a 120-pound cow’s head at Sacramento’s Reichmuth Park in the South Land Park area nearby. Around the same time, another decapitated cow’s head was found 3 1/2 miles away at Garcia Bend Park in the Pocket area. In December, officials found beheaded chickens at the city cemetery.
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Monday’s discovery was the seventh case since January of animal mutilations, including one Friday in which two very young goats were found decapitated shortly before 4 p.m. at the railroad tracks at 19th and V streets in midtown Sacramento.
Knepp said investigators are following up on leads regarding some strange religious practices.
In this case, she said the person who found the box called a television station instead of police or animal control, then left the area. She urged anyone who may have seen someone the bike trail with a box to call the city’s 311 line or Knepp at (916) 808-8333. Anyone who comes across someone in the act of killing animals should call 911.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.