An 11 a.m. Sunday walk in Manhattan’s Highbridge Park, located near the Harlem River, brought more than a brisk nature stroll for a local New Yorker when she discovered a cast-off sealed box near some rotting branch chunks. She investigated the contents of the Corona-labeled beer box and got quite a shock. It contained not only discarded vegetables and soda, but also bones and a severed horse head. What began as a casual walk in the natural surroundings of Highbridge Park on Feb. 28 ended with the ugly image of the brutal remains of a horse head, that appeared to have been boiled, and calls to the authorities.
It is not a well-known fact that horse meat “is technically legal to purchase and eat in New York,” however, for the great majority of Americans, horse slaughter is considered unthinkable and inhumane, thus driving horse meat consumption underground and into a profitable black market. Yet New York police do not believe the horse head leads to the horse meat trade in this instance. Instead, police note that the horse head is likely to have more to do with a voodoo ritual coming up on this weekend’s Dominican Republic Independence Day.
As a matter of fact, animal carcasses have appeared far too frequently in New York City parks and have a suspected links to the occult. Also on Sunday, sheep and goat remains were discovered by another person in Inwood Hill Park. These remains add to previously-found animal carcass mutilations as recorded in the public record over the past two years.
Shortly after the New York Police Department [NYPD], the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals [ASPCA] and NYC Animal Control and Welfare were notified of the box’s contents, the Department of Sanitation removed the box and its gruesome contents from the park.
Police officials said that an investigation into the severed horse head in Manhattan’s Highbridge Park is in progress.