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$2,500 Reward Offered For Info About Animals Killed In Possible Religious Ritual In Echo Park

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After the gruesome discovery of seven animals killed and laid out in a "ritualistic" manner in Echo Park, PETA is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible.

The dead animals were discovered Friday on Sunset Boulevard near Rosemont Avenue, less than 200 feet away from PETA's office in Echo Park. PETA staffers were on their way to lunch when they came across the corpses of a cat, four pigeons, a crow, and a seagull right by the sidewalk. "The animals were laid out in a circular position," with the cat in the middle, PETA spokesman Liam Cronin told NBC 4.

PETA officials think the proximity of the dead animals to their office is just a coincidence. "There's no external harm to the animals. There might be some internal poisoning," said Cronin. Whether or not the animals were killed in a bloodless manner or for religious purposes, whoever did it may have violated California's anti-cruelty laws. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is also investigating the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PETA at 757-622-7382, ext. 8037

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