Cops & Crime

Suffolk County SPCA Seeks Volunteer Investigators

Due to a growing amount of ritualistic animal killings on the East End, the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is seeking out volunteer investigators to help to crack down on the individuals who are performing these acts of violence.

The Suffolk SPCA recently reported a severely decomposed part of an animal, possibly a tongue from a large animal, bound to a tree in Central Islip.

The remains were hanging about six feet off the ground and wrapped with black yarn, which was screwed to a tree.

“Unjustifiably slaughtering an animal is a crime and will not be tolerated,” Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross says regarding the incident.

It was just one of several recent incidents, including instances of animals remains being found on the East End—namely, goat heads in Riverhead.

An application to become a volunteer investigator can be filled out on the SPCA’s website for anyone interested in volunteering to investigate these ritualistic killings.

There will be a $1,000 reward offered by the Suffolk SPCA to anyone who has information leading to the arrest and conviction of the criminals responsible for ritualistic animal slaughter.

For more information on the SPCA or to fill out an application to become a volunteer investigator visit or call 631-382-7722. The Suffolk County SPCA is located at 725 Veterans Memorial Highway, Bldg. 16 in Hauppauge.

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