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27 decapitated birds found in trash bags in Shore area town

The birds included roosters, guinea hens and pigeons. Police are investigating.

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More than two dozen decapitated birds were found in a trash bags this week in Little Egg Harbor Township, N.J., according to police.

Police said the birds were discovered by a person walking a dog about 9:10 a.m. Saturday off Winding Wood Drive, not far from Route 9 in the Ocean County community.  The birds were in a trash bag situated in woods between a senior residential community and Route 9.

The trash bag contained 22 dead birds, including roosters, guinea hens and pigeons.  All had been decapitated.

Police were called again Monday to the same location. They found another bag containing five more decapitated birds.

"I've been here for 13 years and it's the first I've seen anything like it," said Detective Joel Mahr, who is handling the investigation.

"The bags were left there with no evidence of how they got there or what they were doing with the birds," Mahr said.

Mahr is asking anyone with information to contact him at Little Egg Harbor Police, 609-296-3666. Ext. 178.