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Black Sabbath musician offers reward to catch cat killer

The violent death of 25 cats in Yonkers, N.Y., remains under investigation.
The violent death of 25 cats in Yonkers, N.Y., remains under investigation.
Marc Selinger

Geezer Butler, co-founder of heavy-metal rock band Black Sabbath, is offering $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who killed 25 cats found in Yonkers, N.Y., last month, the SPCA of Westchester announced May 13.

“It is so tragic that we have human beings among us that are capable of committing such a heinous and heartless crime,” Butler said in a statement released by the SPCA. “Surely there is someone out there that knows who has done this. Please do the right thing and come forward to get this coward(s) off the streets.”

Shannon Laukhuf, the SPCA’s executive director, told that “Geezer is an animal lover and advocate. He read about the terrible crimes committed and wanted to offer his assistance.” (See a photo of Butler's cats here.)

The bass player’s contribution brings to $25,000 the total amount of reward money being offered in the case. Most of the money was pledged earlier by national animal advocacy groups.

The SPCA’s humane law enforcement unit is investigating the feline deaths. The cats were killed by “blunt force trauma to the head” and were found in plastic bags hanging from a tree, according to the unit.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the SPCA at 914-941-7797.

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