Updated @ 1:52 PM: City employees have determined that the animal that was found dead and decapitated in Elysian Park this morning was a goat – not a dog as initially reported, according to Mitch O’Farrell, head of constituent services for Councilman Eric Garcetti. A Park Patrol officer told O’Farrell in an email that it looks like the goat was killed somewhere else and dumped in the park. “We were unable to locate any candles or any other hazards in the area,” the officer said.
The animal’s body, which had its head cut off and its feet bound, was discovered this morning by park employees near an entrance to Elysian Park off Academy Road near Stadium Way. It was initially believed to have been a dog, according to an account on the EchoElysian Forum.
Many visitors and residents who live near Elysian Park were already on edge in light of some recent small fires that have broken out in the park, including one on Saturday night that was believed to be arson related.