MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – Four animals, which had been decapitated and thrown into Biscayne Bay, washed up behind a South Beach condo Sunday morning.
Animal activist Richard Couto, a founder and investigator of the Animal Recovery Mission, fished the carcasses of the decapitated goat and three chickens out of the water behind The Floridian condominium on West Avenue and waited for the sanitation department to remove the animals.
Couto speculated that the animals had been killed as part of a Santeria or Palo Mayombe ritual.
A blend of Roman Catholicism and West African religious beliefs, Santeria revolves around the worship of saints. Followers of Palo Mayombe petition the spirits of the dead. Cuoto says Palo Mayombe is becoming more popular in South Florida.
The Miami Beach police told the paper they were not investigating the animals’ deaths because they did not seem like a threat toward an individual...(click pic to continue reading)