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Dead cats found hanging from tree in New York

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Authorities are investigating the death of 25 cats found hanging in bags from a tree in Yonkers, N.Y., the SPCA of Westchester announced April 25.

The felines were killed with “blunt force trauma to the head,” said the SPCA, whose Humane Law Enforcement Division is conducting the investigation with the Yonkers Police Department.

“The SPCA of Westchester and Yonkers Police are highly motivated to find those who are responsible for this heinous act,” the group said. “The investigation continues as we follow up leads and conduct interviews. Necropsies have and are being performed and additional items were removed from the scene for further analysis.”

The cats were found by public works employees who were cleaning a vacant lot, according to Alley Cat Allies, a Maryland-based national cat advocacy group that is offering a $750 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible.

“It is reported that many of the cats are already decomposed, but some cats had been dead less than a week, suggesting the lot has been a dumping ground for an ongoing period of time,” Alley Cat Allies said.

Anyone with information about the cats is asked to call the SPCA at 914-941-7797.

UPDATE: The Humane Society of the United States announced April 29 that it is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator or perpetrators.

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