Update: Animal Cruelty Unit says animal carcasses found in desert were killed in New Mexico

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Investigators with the El Paso Police Department’s Animal Cruelty Investigative Unit said they have referred the case to New Mexico authorities.

Officials said Wednesday that the carcasses were dumped in the Northeast desert after the animals were killed in New Mexico.

Earlier:

The El Paso Police Department’s Animal Cruelty Investigative Unit is investigating a case where several animal carcasses were found in the desert.

The carcasses of several livestock animals were found on Sunday in the desert area near Dyer street and Railroad Drive.

On March 30, animal organs were left strung on a tree at MacArthur Park “as some type of aberrant ritual.” Investigators do not believe the two instances are related.

“The organs were parts that could have been purchased from a butcher shop or some meat markets and there was no evidence of animal cruelty, so that case has been closed. While appalling, there are no indications the two are directly related,” ACIU said in a statement to KTSM 9 News.

While at the site, a KTSM 9 News crew spoke with someone who found the dead animals.

“I’ve found dead dogs before and they put them in a blanket or in a bag and dumped them on the side of the road,” the person, who did not want to be identified, said. “You know, just right inside the desert, but besides that nothing like this. You know this was intentional.”

A second site was found that contained decapitated pigeons and turtles removed from their shells.

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