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A Facebook page has been set up and a memorial service is being planned for the 25 cats found dead in Yonkers, N.Y., last month.

The Facebook page, “Yonkers Cats Memorial,” has more than 400 “likes” and is designed to provide a “peaceful page to share our sympathies” about the cats. The service is being organized by local cat advocate Kristin A. Crage and will be held May 10 in Yonkers.

In addition to remembering the cats, the efforts are intended to promote more spay/neuter resources for outdoor cats, including those who remain in the area where the 25 cats were found. Flyers about trap-neuter-return for feral cats will be handed out to area residents.

In late April, public works employees who were cleaning a vacant lot discovered the dead cats in bags hanging from a tree. The felines had been killed with “blunt force trauma to the head,” according to the SPCA of Westchester, whose Humane Law Enforcement Division is investigating the killings.

Anyone with information about the cats is asked to call the SPCA’s confidential hotline at 914-941-7797. Rewards totaling more than $18,000 are being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible.

Alley Cat Allies, a national cat advocacy group based in Maryland, said it plans to hold a town hall meeting May 15 near Yonkers "to discuss the open case and local animal protection issues with the community."

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