As police actively investigate the apparent beheading of a goat in New Orleans, Louisiana, a local animal rights group is offering a $13,000 reward to anyone who can lead them to the men responsible.
The Louisiana Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or La-SPCA, says they recently received video of a man with a machete-like sword beheading an innocent goat in a kiddie pool. Other men appear to be standing around watching it happen, and reports say that this is the second time in 2015 that a goat has been beheaded.
The La-SPCA says they won’t release the video due to its graphic content, but they have released a screenshot showing a man with a machete in what appears to be the middle of a swing towards the innocent goat. The group says that the 12-second video shows at least five men in a backyard tying a rope around the goat’s neck, hanging it from a tree, and beheading it. At the end of the clip, the goat reportedly laid in the swimming pool while the head remained on the rope, and the men who took part all cheered. Spokeswoman Alicia Haefele called the video “horrific.”
New Orleans police reportedly received a tip that the body of a goat was found in a backyard near Tulane University, but ultimately, they couldn’t find anything linked to the video. Both the city police and Tulane campus officers are investigating the incident, and Tulane released a statement offering their full support during the investigation.
"Tulane University is fully investigating this matter," Michael Strecker, Executive of Public Relations at Tulane University, said in a statement. "At this time we have no evidence to suggest that this video involves or is related to any member of the Tulane community. We urge anyone who has any information regarding this video to contact the Tulane Police Department at 504-865-5381."
If the men are found and convicted, they could face up to five years behind bars.
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