Animal decapitation spurs community outrage

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There is growing outrage and a new push to find whoever is responsible for decapitating animals and leaving them on the side of a road in Rockland County.

Twenty-five decapitated carcasses of birds, chickens and a pygmy goat were discovered on the side of Firemen's Memorial Drive in Pomona.

The remains were found on June 23 in three large, black plastic garbage bags that were discarded as trash along the road. Officials believe they were dumped about two to three days before they were found.

A volunteer from the nearby Hi Tor Animal Shelter was walking a dog when she came across one of the bags.

“The dog was particularly interested in a bag that was presumed to be garbage on the side of the road,” says Ann Marie Gaudio, of the Hudson Valley Humane Society,

When the dog wouldn’t leave the bag alone, the volunteer opened the bag and came across the dead animals.

Gaudio says the goat had a tag on it, so she presumes it was bought at a live market.

The Hudson Valley Humane Society is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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