Guillotined Goats: How’s this for a gruesome scene? On Jan. 17, Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) officers discovered two decapitated goat corpses dumped on the side of the road in the 2600 block of Sheridan Road SE. Both goats had been hogtied. HLE says it has reason to believe the goats were killed as part of a ritual animal sacrifice.

Evidently, this isn’t the first time a couple of animals have ended up headless in D.C. Back in 2007, DCist reported on two headless doves found outside the house of a former contributing writer, suggesting they might be the opening salvo in a Santeria feud in Mount Pleasant. If you aren’t familiar with Santeria, it’s an Afro-Cuban religion that blends Christianity with West African beliefs and rituals—including animal sacrifice.

Kitty Kickers: On Jan. 18, someone called HLE to report that some juveniles were amusing themselves by kicking a kitten and poking it with a stick in the 3400 block of Stanton Road SE. The HLE officer found four elementary school-aged boys, who said the kitten had run under a stairwell. The officer found the gray, tiger-striped kitty, which appeared uninjured. None of the children admitted to trying to hurt it, but the Washington Humane Society has scheduled a presentation at the school of the alleged kitty-kickers. The kitten has been taken to the society’s shelter and will be evaluated for adoption.

In Need of Flab: A skin-and-bones pit bull loose in a backyard in the 100 block of Darlington Road SW got the attention of an HLE officer on Jan. 16. The cop spoke with the dog’s owner about its thinness. The owner said the dog had recently been treated for parasites.

Squatters: Two cats may be fending for themselves at a home in the 400 block of Q Street NW. On Jan. 19, HLE received a report that the owner of the cats hadn’t been home in days. HLE is investigating.

Source: Washington Humane Society

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