Suffolk Police Looking For Person Who Left Headless Chickens On Beach

June 24, 2018 - 3:31 pm

ISLIP, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Six headless chickens were left on a Suffolk County beach last week as part of what police described as a “ritualistic sacrifice.”

Now Suffolk County Police and the county’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals want to know who was responsible for the beheadings.

Last Thursday, the chicken heads were discovered in a basket surrounded by candles, grain and fruit in Islip, according to police. But SPCA Chief Roy Gross says this ritual has happened before.

“It’s a possible Santeria ritual,” Gross said. “It’s like an offering to the Goddess of the Ocean, which is called Yemaya.”

Gross said that the offering can be made for either good fortune or for protection.

The organization is offering a $1,000 reward for information that can lead to the arrest of the person or persons responsible.