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Mass cat killing in New York spurs multiple reward offers

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Rewards totaling $18,250 are being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people who killed 25 cats found in Yonkers, N.Y., the SPCA of Westchester announced April 29.

The five organizations offering the rewards are the ASPCA, $5,000; the Humane Society of the United States, $5,000; the Animal Legal Defense Fund, $5,000; In Defense of Animals, $2,500; and Alley Cat Allies $750.

“These significant rewards highlight the horrific nature of this crime, and we are hopeful that the offer of this money will create an incentive for individuals with pertinent information on the case to come forward,” said Shannon Laukhuf, the SPCA of Westchester’s executive director.

Earlier this month, 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,” said the SPCA, whose Humane Law Enforcement Division is investigating the killings with the Yonkers Police Department.

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

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