Doctor accused of sacrificing animals in his apartment for ‘Santeria’ witchcraft

After a tip-off from a neighbour, investigators found at least 22 farm animals in Emilio Otero’s three-bedroom apartment in New Jersey including goats, chickens and a dead pigeon.

A doctor has been accused of sacrificing livestock for Santeria witchcraft in his flat after investigators discovered 22 farm animals being kept in his New Jersey home on Thursday.

When authorities arrived at Emilio Otero’s property on Van Horne Street they were met with “seven to nine” goats, several chickens and even a dead pigeon nailed above a door.

The investigators from the Division of Environmental Health for Jersey City visited the apartment after a tip off from Emilio’s neighbours.

Animal service agents were called to the flat and they removed at least 22 farm animals that had been kept in the three bedroom property.

A goat was among the animals rescued from the apartment

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