04/04/2013 10:21 am ET Updated Apr 04, 2013

Five Headless Goats Found In Miami Lot After Possible Santeria Use (VIDEO)

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Wednesday a Miami man walking his dogs along Biscayne Bay just north of opulent Miami Shores discovered a grisly scene of what he thought were dead dogs.

"And then I looked and I saw they had hooves, saw that they were goats," Alan Klopman told NBC6, "but they were big goats and somebody chopped their heads off." Watch the video above.

"We've had bags of chickens with their heads cut off and other animals," Klopman told Local 10, "and when I've been doing research in zoology on Key Biscayne, I've actually stopped some of the sacrifices I've seen there."

The gruesome scene mirrors an incident in January in which a decapitated goat and chickens washed up behind a South Beach condo.

After examining the carcasses, Animal Recovery Mission's animal abuse activist Richard Couto told CBS Miami that the animals may have been killed in a rite for Santeria or Palo Mayombe, sometimes referred to as Santeria's "evil twin."

Animal sacrifice is perfectly legal in South Florida after a 1993 Supreme Court ruling that Hialeah's ban on ritual animal sacrifice violated religious freedom.

Yet the animals' bodies must be properly disposed of, although carcasses often wind up on Miami lots, streets, and sea walls.

Alleged Santeria practices are prevalent in Miami.

Most recently, human fetuses we found in jars inside luggage at Miami International Airport, reportedly transported at the request of a Santeria priest.

Grave robbers have stolen the skulls of deceased infants, the cemetery manger tracing the theft to Santeria practitioners.

And in 2011, North Miami Police Department employees were fired for plotting to put a Santeria-inspired curse on the city manager by sprinkling birdseed in his office.


Alleged Santeria In Miami