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Middletown police seeking suspects in sheep slaughter


Police report progress in their investigation into the discovery of more than two dozen carcasses of sheep and goat parts along a remote road in Middletown. 

Officers received a call from Wesleyan University film students who were shooting a horror movie at a vacant home on River Road when they discovered the bad smell.

The bags remained on the property Thursday.

While on his regular jog, John Braccio was surprised to learn the vacant home he goes by all the time has 26 sheep and goat carcasses piled up in black bags in the backyard.

"I've been running back and forth here for 10 to 12 years," he said. "And didn't notice it."

Middletown police said Wednesday they now have a number of suspects in the case, but would not share any more details with Eyewitness News. 

"I hope they catch them," said Robert Ellison of Middletown. "I hope they catch them because it's nasty."

The person who left the carcasses could face illegal dumping charges, according to Department of Agriculture officials.

The Connecticut Department of Agriculture is also investigating what it believes are the waste products of a larger scale slaughter by someone.

Of particular concern is if these animals were brought in from out of state without the required health certificates.

The sheep had ear tags on them, so the state veterinarian is trying to trace where the animals came from, according to the Connecticut Department of Agriculture.

The owner of the house told Eyewitness News Wednesday it has been vacant for years and there are also few buildings in the area, which is why the bags and the smell may have gone unnoticed for a while.

Once the owner finds out how to dispose of the animal parts properly, he told Eyewitness News he would get rid of them.

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