Decapitated Animals Has San Jose Thinking Santeria

Thursday, Aug 5, 2010  |  Updated 6:38 AM PDT
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Gruesome Discovery Has SJ Thinking Santeria

Santeria in Havana. Photo: Robin Thorne on Flickr

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Decapitated animals in San Jose have some scared and authorities searching for clues.

A jogger found three goats with their heads severed from their bodies on Penetencia Creek, near the Alum Rock Park entrance in San Jose Saturday.

Chicken feathers were also discovered near the bodies. Animal control officers are investigating the case, and whether it could be linked to "santeria," a religious sect that performs animal sacrifices.

Authorities says it appears the animals were not killed in Alum Rock but instead the remains were boxed and dumped along the trail.

Local animal control is asking anyone who might have seen unusual activity near the Alum Rock trail on Friday night, to call them.

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