The Westchester County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Yonkers police were shocked and disturbed Thursday when 25 dead cats were found hanging in plastic garbage bags from the branches of trees in the Yonkers' woods of Overlook Terrace reported NBC News New York.
The grisly discovery came after city sanitation workers were doing their annual spring cleanup of the area where debris from strangers was often thrown. No one, however ever thought the hanging bags contained the bodies of cats ranging from decomposing skeletal remains to freshly killed cats dead only a few days.
Three of the cats were identified as dying from blunt force trauma to their heads.
Some of the bags had been ripped open by local wildlife, so officials suspect there had once been more dead cats at the scene.
Ernest Lungaro, the director of enforcement of the Westchester County SPCA, stated several cat owners had reported their cats missing during the past year.
Authorities have not confirmed if the cats found were from a nearby feral community, but it is illegal to kill any animal. Experts confirm a dangerous correlation between animal cruelty and future crimes against humans.
A baseball bat, two shovels, and a metal pipe were found in the vicinity of the dead cats.
The Westchester County SPCA is reaching out to the public for help. If you have any information. please call the Yonkers police at (914)-377-7724 or the SPCA Cruelty Hotline at (914)-941-7797. All information will be held confidential.
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