3 Beheaded Goats Found in Riverhead

The Suffolk SPCA released this photo of the scene where decapitated goats were found this week.

The bodies of three beheaded goats were found dumped on the side of the road in Riverhead this week in what Suffolk County authorities said they are investigating as a possible ritualistic killing.

The dead goats were found in the Otis Pike Preserve on Line Road and their heads were found nearby surrounded by fruits and vegetables, according to the Suffolk County SPCA.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officers first responded to a report of the discovery and referred the case to the Suffolk County SPCA.

Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk SPCA, called it a “gruesome discovery.”

The agency is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Suffolk County SPCA investigators ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.