Two of Queens' largest parks are hotbeds for animal sacrifices, according to park rangers and advocates. Longtime Parks Department ranger Joe Puleo told The Post that killing animals for ritualistic reasons in the city is widespread, but that Forest Park and Highland Park are the most common locations.
Perpetrators of the outlawed act are rarely busted because they perform their bloody rituals in the dead of night, and the two parks no longer have 24-hour patrols due to budget cuts.
"They are never caught, because they are careful, and they never do it during the day. They do it at night when no one is around," Puleo said.
Park-goers have told him that the reasons for the sacrifices run the gamut from devil worship to voodoo to offerings for good luck.
One dog found out the hard way about the odd rituals taking place in the city in 2006 when it bit into a cow tongue stuffed with pins in Central Park. The pin-pricked meat was reportedly a "hoodoo" spell to discourage a witness from testifying in court.
The most recent reports of animal corpses in Forest Park were called in to the city's 311 hot line on April 18 by assistant principal Peter Caccioppoli, who spotted a dead rooster and a black goat's head and torso while walking his dog.
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