A garbage bag filled with 12 adult cats and kittens was thrown from a moving car in upstate New York in late July, and local police are investigating, according to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).
Two of the felines died “from the impact,” five are recovering at the Wanderers' Rest Humane Association animal shelter in the village of Canastota, and five have been adopted, the HSUS said. The incident, which was observed by at least one bystander, occurred July 24 on Lake Street in the city of Oneida in Madison County.
“Cruelty to animals of any kind is shameful, but to throw a living creature out of a moving vehicle is a truly callous act,” said Brian Shapiro, New York state director for HSUS.
The HSUS announced July 31 that it is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Oneida City Police Department at 315-363-9111.
The incident is the latest in a series of seemingly unrelated tragedies involving large numbers of cats in New York. In April, more than two dozen dead cats were founding hanging from trees in Yonkers, a New York City suburb. Since December, dozens of feral cats have been reported missing from the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, which is part of New York City. The Queens and Yonkers situations remain unsolved. A total of $25,000 in reward money is being offered in the Yonkers case.