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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Has mystery of animal mutilations in Sacramento been solved?

Q: What’s the status of the investigation into the multiple animal mutilations that occurred in 2014 and 2015?

Chris, Sacramento

A: No arrests have been made in the more than 20 cases of what have been described as ritualistic animal killings, according to Gina Knepp, manager of the city of Sacramento’s Front Street Animal Shelter.

The incidents, involving livestock, began in 2014 with the discovery of a 120-pound cow’s head at Sacramento’s Reichmuth Park in the South Land Park area. About the same time, another decapitated cow’s head was found 3 1/2 miles away at Garcia Bend Park in the Pocket area.

Later, beheaded chickens were found in the city cemetery, and the bodies of two young goats that had been decapitated were found in the midtown area. Other finds have included bowls of pigeon heads and dead birds, sometimes accompanied by small amounts of cash or lighted candles.

Although Animal Care Services personnel fielded the incident reports, Knepp said follow-up investigations have been handled by the Police Department.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy