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Cat ‘brutally murdered’ in New York

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A tabby cat was stabbed and stomped to death late Aug. 24 by a group of young men near an apartment complex in New York City, according to local animal advocates.

Witnesses reported that when a security guard approached the men to find out why they were gathered near the Acropolis apartments on 21st Avenue in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, they fled the scene. The dead male cat was then discovered on a sidewalk.

“A beautiful tabby cat was brutally murdered tonight in Astoria by a group of six young men,” feline advocates wrote on Facebook.

The cat’s body was scanned for a microchip, but none was found. Cat advocates said a report was filed with the New York Police Department and that they plan to post flyers in the neighborhood asking for information about the perpetrators, who are believed to be in or close to their 20s. Anyone with information is urged to call the police department's 114th Precinct at 718-626-9311.

Astoria cat caregivers have been on high alert since scores of outdoor felines started going missing in late 2013. They launched the Astoria7 website when the first seven vanished. The disappearances remain a mystery.

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