(WFLA, NBC NEWSCHANNEL) Headless chickens, ducks and goats are turning up in a very unlikely place, Tampa's Courtney Campbell Causeway. Thousands of commuters pass by the site every day.
The dead animals are being left to rot in the hot sun, close to where people fish, bike and run. On Monday night Tampa Bay area animal advocate Lisa Hayworth stumbled on scenes of death along a half-mile section on the north side of the Causeway, just east of the boat launch.
Hayworth counted at least 27 animals and said she's seen animals about 20 times in the past five months. She suspects the animals are part of a religious sacrifice.
"Whatever the reason is, it shouldn't be happening on the Courtney Campbell Causeway, and for all the right reasons for diseases and decomposing bodies, and it seems as though they're also using this as a dump ground," she said. "It's happening in a public environment where people fish, and they socialize and they have families out here."
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Residents living near Courtney Campbell Causeway say headless chickens, ducks and goats appear to be ritual sacrifices. WFLA's Peter Bernard reports.