Another ritualistic animal killing was discovered Monday morning in midtown Sacramento, the latest in a mysterious months-long series of livestock beheadings and mutilations that has baffled authorities.
The latest was of the body of a decapitated brown chicken lying on the railroad tracks between Q and S streets just east of 19th Street. Next to the chicken were three brown grocery store bags, including one that appeared to have some blood-spattered dollar bills tucked inside. The bags also contained the body of a decapitated bird that appears to be some sort of guinea hen and some corn meal sprinkled inside.
A Sacramento Bee driver discovered the scene while walking to get coffee. The find is the first since the June 27 discovery of a bagful of dead chickens along the light rail tracks in South Sacramento on 26th Avenue and marks at least the 15th such discovery since last year. Other finds have included bowls of pigeon heads, decapitated goats and dead birds, sometimes accompanied with small amounts of cash or lighted candles.
Authorities have offered $10,000 in reward money for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case and had hoped they’d caught a break in the June 27 incident after they found video from a Regional Transit security camera showing a woman leaving a bag on the tracks near 26th Avenue.
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However, no announcement of arrests has been made.
Gina Knepp, the head of the city’s Front Street Animal Shelter, said Monday’s discovery is similar to others but that it is unclear if the same person is responsible for all the incidents.
Anyone with information is urged to call Knepp at 916-808-8333.