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Horrific Scene Awaited Police Officers in Philadelphia Home

Horrific Scene Awaited Police Officers in Philadelphia Home

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Philadelphia Inquirer via YellowBrix

December 31, 2009

There is no law against sacrificing animals for religious purposes as long as it is done humanely, Bengal has said.

Asked yesterday about the possibility of charges if the animals were sacrificed for religious purposes, Bengal told reporters: “It is a very fine line.”

But, he said, it appeared that some animals may have been tortured.

He said that some turtles found in the house “looked like they were starved to death. In that kind of a situation, religious ritual wouldn’t apply, at least not in my eyes. If they’re going to starve an animal to death, to me, that’s a cruelty issue.”

From the outside sidewalk, the two-story house looked unkempt, with trash and leaves strewn in front. A peek into the enclosed porch revealed a cluttered area filled with tables, candles, wooden figurines of “gods,” bird feathers stuck to flowerpot trellises, and a machete.

Officer Jerry Czech, of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, also stopped at the house yesterday.

“There’s all kinds of stuff in there,” he said after he came outside. “Dead animals, dead critters, wax, feces, candles. It’s a nightmare.”

If the residents of the house had a permit or license to capture the wildlife, that would be OK, Czech said. But, if they didn’t, they could face state and possibly federal charges, he said.

PSPCA investigators first went to the house on Sunday with a search warrant following a report of a dog living in unsanitary conditions.

On that day, they found a dog at the side of the house, looking “totally emaciated” and “near death,” Bengal said yesterday. Inside, they found another dog tied in the basement, also close to death, he said. “The whole basement was just covered in feces. It was just unsanitary, no food, no water,” he said.

The two medium-sized, mixed-breed dogs are now at the PSPCA, Bengal said, adding that the residents are expected to face summary charges of animal cruelty in relation to their condition.

On Sunday, officers also found an AK-47 assault rifle in a rafter area in the open ceiling area of the first floor. It was not clear if the rifle had been used to kill any animals.

One neighbor, Jesus Torres, 22, who lives around the corner on Rockland Street, said yesterday that he knew the man who lived in the house from seeing him around the neighborhood. But he said that he did not know his name.

Torres said that the man was from Cuba and had gone to Mexico on vacation some months ago. He said that the man practiced Santeria, “the same belief I have.”

He said that he heard from the neighborhood that the man contracted swine flu in Mexico and “got stuck” there, not able to return.

Torres said that in Santeria, an Afro-Caribbean religion, roosters and chickens are sacrificed to offer their blood to a god.

But, he contended that some animals found in the house, such as the possible monkeys, were pets.

“You leave animals stuck in the house, they’re going to starve to death,” he said.


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    futureBakersfieldPD1

    over 4 years ago

    54 Comments

    how did whoever get the tropical animals and the assualt rifle that came from russia at one point....oh yea mexicos corruption problem leaking into the home of the brave land of the free we really need to tighthen security on the borders

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    MarlyB

    over 4 years ago

    5022 Comments

    Looks like a nutbag vendor of fetishes to catch-all cultist animal sacrifice practitioners.

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    Moen_85

    over 4 years ago

    686 Comments

    Very sad I hope that justice catches up to the people that did this

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    Strobelight140

    over 4 years ago

    7516 Comments

    Sadistic sob's

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    SANTERIA religion protected under the US Constitution? I don't think these Pieces of Work will get their deposit back on the rented house.....Is there a sentence catagory for "to stupid to live"?

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    Harmon605

    over 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    Machetes? Animal remains? Possible rituals? Sounds like a Santeria sacrificial site, and a nasty one. Possible ties to either gangs, dealers or both. At any rate, this should be gone over carefully.

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    kaalima

    over 4 years ago

    1748 Comments

    Sick and evil !!

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    nightwatch

    over 4 years ago

    356 Comments

    thought halloween passed already. Stephen King indeed...Pet Semetary.

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    Army_MP_Dixon

    over 4 years ago

    678 Comments

    Thats sick someone would do that!

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    After I stop vomiting, I'd like to know what the hell those morons were thinking.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    SICK! How did no one notice that?

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    The smell would have had to have been horrible!

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    diane52520

    over 4 years ago

    406 Comments

    Hazmat major!

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    beejac

    over 4 years ago

    1424 Comments

    Makes you shy away from the drinking water BSPD88.

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    BSPD88

    over 4 years ago

    2212 Comments

    What the hell is in the water down there in Philly ...

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