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Okaloosa County officers find another goat beheaded

Okaloosa County Animal Services officials believe the person responsible for a series of grizzly animal abuse cases dating back to 2007 is back at it again.

The latest incidents happened yesterday when an Okaloosa County sheriff's deputies discovered a decapitated goat in Ft. Walton Beach. There have been a total of 11 mutilations and investigators could use your help solving these crimes.

Employees with Animal Services at Panhandle Animal Welfare Society are stumped by this latest act of animal abuse. The first time they saw this type of crime was August of 2007. Since then someone has decapitated 10 more goats and left the carcasses all over Ft. Walton Beach.

The most recent was discovered in a field at the intersection of Forest Heights and Tanager Road.

Tracy Saylor with P.A.W.S. said, "There was a black, small female pygmy goat with of course with her head cut laying right beside her."

P.A.W.S. officials had hoped the animal cruelty had finally stopped since it had been nearly five months since the last such instance, but Monday's findings renewed investigators’ frustrations.

Dee Thompson with P.A.W.S. said, “When the officer called me it was like being hit with a brick. I mean, it was all starting all over again and we just feel so helpless."

Originally officials thought the beheadings were part of a series of sacrificial ritualistic killings, but now they aren't so sure.

The killer left evidence at Monday's crime scene that they didn't leave behind at the previous sites. Investigators hope those extra clues will help them solve these cases.

"That will go with forensics and they are looking for any matches to the last one that they did a complete investigation on."

Different law enforcement agencies are working together to solve these crimes. Officials say they will continue to investigate these cases until they can hold someone accountable.

Authorities are offering a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest. If you think you can help, call Okaloosa County's Animal Services at 243-1525.


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