Woman faces animal cruelty charges after animal sacrifice

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Mercy Carrion (PHOTO: Loudoun County Sheriff's Office)

STERLING, VA – A woman faces animal cruelty charges after allegedly sacrificing chickens several times a week for religious purposes, according to a warrant filed by Loudoun County Animal Services. Mercy Carrion, the woman accused, was arrested on May 5.

On April 25, Loudoun County Animal Control responded to a call in the 100 block Sherwood Court in Sterling, VA. It was reported that chickens were being inhumanely killed at Carrion’s home. According to the warrant from Animal Services, Carrion would kill between 12 to 15 chickens a week, primarily on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. While investigating the scene, officers from Animal Services found evidence that the chickens had been sacrificed, including blood splatters across the wall of the living room, religious idols, a club and shield covered in blood and feathers, chicken bones, and one large human bone.

Carrion admitted to taking part in the animal sacrifices at her residence and that those sacrifices take place in her living room. She was charged with three misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. She will have a preliminary hearing on the morning of June 1 at the Loudoun County District Court.