On April 24, 2014, neatly-tied black plastic bags were found hanging from trees in Yonkers, New York, and 25 dead cats were found inside those bags, according to The Journal News. The bags did not immediately raise suspicion since the woods off Overlook Terrace is a common dumping ground for garbage of all types. Annual cleanup crews discovered the bodies.
Ernest Lungaro of the SPCA of Westchester's Humane Law Enforcement Division responded to the makeshift graveyard and found 25 deceased cats in various stages of decomposition. Some of the cats were but skeletal remains, and it appears they were all deceased prior to being put in the bags. Necropsies will be performed on all of the cats to determine the exact cause of death.
There was no evidence of a ritual sacrifice and at least three of the cats were killed with a blow to the head. Lungaro stated that two shovels, a baseball bat and a metal pipe were found in the surrounding area. Though it is unknown if they were used to kill the cats, they were removed as evidence.
Last year in northern Yonkers, several dead cats and wildlife were discovered after being poisoned. Lungaro does not believe they are connected.
There was no detectable smell of the decomposing bodies and the fence surrounding the area had been cut.
The investigation is being treated as an animal cruelty case, which carries a felony charge.
Anyone with information should contact Yonkers police at 914-377-7724 or SPCA Animal Cruelty Hotline at 914-941-7797. Anonymous tips can be made via text: submit 'YPD', your tip and '847-411'.
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