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Goat remains found in latest animal mutilation case

The remains of a decapitated goat were found Saturday in a paper bag on a south Sacramento street, the latest in a string of grisly animal corpse discoveries that have baffled authorities.

Sacramento police said they didn’t know if the incident, under investigation by the city’s animal control services, is connected to the string of more than a dozen animal mutilation cases in the area since December. The cases have included chicken heads and the body parts of lambs and cows, sometimes accompanied with small amounts of cash or lighted candles.

The goat remains were found at South Land Park Drive and Silver Ridge Way. “From what I understand, it was mostly bones and fur,” Officer Justin Brown said.

A week ago, the body of a decapitated brown chicken was found 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.

In a June 27 incident, surveillance footage revealed a woman discarding a mutilated goat, catfish, rat and bag of chickens on light-rail tracks on 26th Avenue between 24th Street and Franklin Boulevard.

The U.S. Humane Society and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have offered a total of $10,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction on animal cruelty charges.

Anyone with information can contact Gina Knepp, city animal care services manager, at 916-808-8333.

Ashiah Scharaga: 916-321-1673, @AshiahD