A cooked horse’s head was found stuffed in a box, as a pedestrian was taking a stroll through a New York City Park, local authorities have recently revealed.
The horrific discovery was made at approximately 11 a.m. on Sunday, February 28, by a woman who was peacefully walking through Highbridge Park, on the banks of the Harlem River, in Manhattan.
Upon coming across a Corona beer box which had been sealed, the ambler was driven by curiosity to open the container. That’s how she encountered several items that would’ve been ideal for a relaxing picnic in the park, such as a bunch of fruit and veggies, alongside a bottle of soda.
However, it was not these contents that instantly drew the woman’s attention. Instead, what caught her eye and at the same time shocked her profusely was a cooked horse’s head, which had been placed in the box next to several other animal bones.
The woman immediately called 911, and reported the gruesome incident; shortly afterwards, staff from the New York City’s Department of Sanitation arrived at the scene, in the immediate vicinity of Amsterdam Avenue and West 190th Street.
The workers seized the remains so that they could be examined more carefully, as part of a new investigation launched by the New York City Police Department.
Apparently, the very same day another stroller stumbled upon various organs pertaining to sheep and goats, while taking a promenade through Inwood Hill Park, located close to Highbridge Park, in Northern Manhattan.
For now, it hasn’t yet been determined why such animal parts have wound up in two different parks on that strangely eventful Sunday, and if the discoveries are related.
According to police officers, the horse’s head and the other food items retrieved from the cardboard box in Highbridge Park may have been the elements of a more unusual meal.
After all, Saturday marked the Dominican’s Republic Independence Day, and some claim that Dominicans actually eat horse meat at times.
The theory that the package belonged to people from the Dominican Republic is also supported by the fact that the neighborhood where the box was retrieved from (Washington Heights) has a sizable Dominican-American population, and the bottle that was found alongside the horse’s head contained Spanish soda.
Alternatively, it may be that the animal scraps and carcasses were used during a voodoo ritual. Such occult rites sometimes occur in parks, but they usually involve other types of animals, such as chickens or goats. As a result, the theory that the horse’s head was used as part of an animal sacrifice doesn’t appear to hold water.
Whichever the explanation may be, it’s likely that the meat was obtained rather furtively, through the black market.
Even though it’s not forbidden to buy or consume horse meat in New York City, the practice is still considered rather taboo, given the fact that equine creatures are more commonly kept as pets, and their slaughtering is seen as unnecessarily cruel and barbaric.
In addition, the three remaining horse meat slaughterhouses from the United States were shut down in 2007, so it seems that the meat was either procured illegally, or imported.
Given that so much mystery surrounds this unsettling incident, anyone who might have relevant information that could aid the investigation should immediately contact NYPD Crime Stoppers, at 1-800-577-TIPS.
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