Sacramento authorities reported another ritualistic animal mutilation case Tuesday night, saying they discovered two bags on the rail tracks near 20th and U streets with a decapitated rabbit, dead chickens and tea candles.
The animals appeared to have been killed sometime in the past, but may be related to a series of discoveries in recent months of animals found strewn in various isolated areas of Sacramento, said Gina Knepp, head of the city’s animal control department.
“This is not a fresh kill at all,” Knepp said of the 7 p.m. discovery.
But, she added, “this looks more bizarre.”
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The latest discovery included a decapitated rabbit in a brown paper bag with tea candles inside, and a second brown paper bag with at least two chickens inside that had their feet cut off and stuffed into their chest cavities, as well as tea candles inside.
Officials say such discoveries have been made for the past several months involving goats, lambs and chickens, but that the pace of the discoveries has increased in recent weeks.
Tuesday’s find was at least the eighth involving animal mutilations, including one Monday night along the Sacramento River bike trail between the Greenhaven and Pocket areas where two decapitated chickens were found along with blood-soaked $1 bills.
Both birds had black feathers and investigators are looking into whether that signifies some message, Knepp said.
Anyone with information in the animal mutilations should call 911 if they see something in progress or call Knepp directly with information at (916) 808-8333.
Call The Bee’s Sam Stanton, (916) 321-1091.