The Suffolk County SPCA is asking for the public’s help in finding who shot this opossum in the face.

Two decapitated animal heads were found in East Northport on Tuesday, the same day an opossum was discovered to be suffering from pellet-gun wounds in Holtsville, Suffolk County SPCA investigators said.

The pair of severed heads—belonging to either sheep or goats—was in a plastic bag near the intersection of Elwood and Warner Roads in East Northport, authorities said.

“We find this deeply disturbing,” said Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk SPCA, noting that it’s the second time in less than a year that animal remains have been found in the same area.

The Holtsville resident who reported finding the opossum alive in a garbage pail took it to a veterinarian who determined that the animal had been shot in the face with a pellet gun, officials said.

“This is a blatant act of animal cruelty and we will do everything we can to see that those responsible are apprehended,” Gross said of the opossum shooting.

The animal head case comes after a bag of decapitated animals was found Deer Park last year, 18 headless chickens were found in Manorville in 2011 and a beheaded goat turned up in Islip in 2009.

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Anyone with information is asked to call the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722.


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