GRAPHIC: Mutilated animals hanging from power lines ignite investigation

Published: Sep. 30, 2016 at 12:45 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2016 at 1:57 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - "That's some voodoo," Jessica Holland screamed while looking up into the sky Thursday.

She and others were faces with a bizarre and frightening sight in the 1400 block of St. Ferdinand.

"Is that a symbol for snitching? Rats die?" she said.

Recently, someone hung a raccoon, a bird and four rats from the power lines. Residents said some of the animals were hung more than a month ago. One of the rats has a bird's wings and claws sewn into it.

"Is it a rat tied to a bird? That's art. Maybe not art you'd like," resident Michael Weber said.

"That raccoon, that's brand new. I don't know if there's flies on it still," resident Zevi Goldbling said.

Goldbling lives in the home right in front of where the hanging dead animals are scattered in the power lines among several shoes, but he said he does not know how the animals got there.

"I would call that demonic art...It looks like someone just threw it up there," he said. "Probably some prankster. I don't know."

"We don't know if this is a taxidermy project gone wrong or if really, this is a sick individual," Louisiana SPCA Resource Development Coordinator Preston Meche said.

Agents with the organization are investigating the mutilated animals after getting a tip on Wednesday, but charging someone with a crime may be difficult if the animals were already dead when they were put in their current state.

"Unfortunately, animal mutilation after the animal has already been deceased is not a crime in Louisiana," Meche said.

Goldbling said he has not taken the animals down because he fears he would be electrocuted. An Entergy spokesperson said someone would have to make a report with the company to have workers remove any obstructions from the power lines.

If this is determined to be a case of animal cruelty, those investigations are performed by the SPCA.

If you have any information on the animal mutilations, contact the Humane Law Enforcement Office at (504) 368-5191 ext. 100.

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