Nassau County Police Seventh Squad detectives are investigating the grim discovery of several dead chickens that appeared to have had their internal organs gutted, police said.
A passerby came upon the disturbing scene at the Massapequa Preserve Friday afternoon, police said. The passerby reported finding an injured chicken and several deceased chickens “that appeared to have been cut open, dissected” and had their internal organs pulled out, police said in a news release.
Also discovered was a ritual-type setting involving candles and a yellow bandana that was nailed to a tree, police said.
Town of Oyster Bay Animal Control removed the injured chicken from the scene, police said.
Detectives ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.
Nassau County SPCA is offering a $2,500 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible, the organization announced.