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Decapitated sheep latest 'freaky' discovery at Sacramento park

Dead animals found in bags, boxes at Sacramento park; it's 'freaky' and a crime, official says

A Sacramento animal services official says something "freaky" is going on at an area park, and she wants to get to the bottom of it.

Over six weeks, there were four incidents in which dead animals were discovered at Reichmuth Park -- most recently a small sheep with its head cut off.

"When we walked this way, there was a bag sitting here," said a park visitor who made the gruesome discovery.

It contained the body and the decapitated head of the sheep. "I feel like it's not safe out here anymore," she told Fox40.

In January, a dead goat was found at the park inside a cardboard box and later headless chickens in a bag.  In February, before the discovery of the sheep, a dead tortoise was found in a brown paper bag.

"It's not an isolated incident when you have four separate cases in the same park," said Gina Knepp, director of Animal Care Services. "I'm hoping we can get to the bottom of it.

"Am I concerned? Absolutely," she said. "It is a crime, and you can go to jail for it, and if we find you, you will."

Ali Wolf is a writer for Fox40, a Tribune Broadcast property.

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