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Severed head of a lamb washes up on Jennings Beach

Published 4:56 pm, Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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Almost a year after a headless goat carcass was found on Jennings Beach, another grisly discovery was made Wednesday -- this time, the severed head a sheep.

The sheep's head was found below the water line at the beach, and police officials don't suspect the discovery is linked to any sinister activities.

Animal Control Officer Paul Miller took the head to a local veterinarian Wednesday afternoon for examination.

"It appears to be a wash-up," said Deputy Police Chief Chris Lyddy, adding that according to animal control officials, it is not an unusual occurrence this time of year.

"We don't have a definitive cause or reason," Lyddy said. "It could be the byproduct of human consumption, or it could have been used in conjunction with some religious activity. It is about that time of year."

Miller said the sheep's head appeared to have been severed using a sharp instrument, most likely a butcher's blade.

"We don't know where it came from," Miller said, adding that one of the lamb's ears was notched, indicating it was livestock, although an identifying tag was missing.

Last March 31, a jogger at Jennings Beach came across a goat carcass, its head and the lower portion of its legs had been severed. The carcass was dumped in a clear garbage bag along the water's edge.