PETA offers reward in NY cat killings

PETA offers reward in NY cat killings

PETA offers reward in NY cat killings

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by USA TODAY

WVEC.com

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 30 at 5:52 PM

4/30 UPDATE: Norfolk-based People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for help to find those responsible.
“Cases such as this one show how vulnerable cats become when left outside to fend for themselves—the results can be deadly,” says PETA Director Martin Mersereau. “The community should be deeply concerned because studies show that those who commit violent acts against animals often go on to pose a serious threat to all animals, including humans.”
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(USA TODAY) -- What a grisly scene.

About 25 dead cats were found in plastic bags hanging from tree branches in the woods in Yonkers, N.Y., the Journal News reports. The bags were neatly tied around the branches.

City sanitation workers performing their annual cleanup of the woods discovered the bags. Police responded Thursday.

"It's something very odd," Ernest Lungaro, director of the SPCA of Westchester's Humane Law Enforcement Division, told the Journal News. "It's a lot of cats to be disposed of in a year."

Each bag appeared to have one cat inside, which varied in age and stage of decomposition. Wildlife appeared to have ripped open five or so bags, spilling the dead cats out, Lungaro said.

Most of the cats seemed to have been dead before being put into the bags, Lungaro told the Journal News.

Officials said it was too early to say whether someone killed the cats or was just disposing of their bodies. Animal autopsies are planned, according to the Journal News.

Officials are still working to determine whether all of the dead cats were feral. Given the sanitation schedule, the cats were hung in the woods within the past year.

There was no evidence the animals were used in any rituals, Lt. Patrick McCormack told the Journal News.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 914-377-7724 or the SPCA's Animal Cruelty Hotline at 914-941-7797.
 

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