As the investigation continues to find those responsible for the horrific killing of cats in Yonkers, New York, local advocates are holding a memorial for the cats on Saturday, May 10, 2014. The gathering is scheduled for 10:30 a.m.
Alley Cat Allies not only offered a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible, they also announced in a press release they will provide white flowers to participants to hold and place at the site where the cats were found. The flowers are meant as a symbol of the cats’ innocence.
At least 25 cats were killed, many of whom were placed in plastic bags and hung from a tree. According to USA Today on April 25, 2014, city sanitation workers were performing their annual cleanup of a lot and found the bags containing the dead cats. The police were notified and the incident is now under investigation. Officials say it appears that all of the cats were killed before being placed in the bags.
Those who wish to take part through social media channels to show their support and condolences can access a “sharegraphic” with the symbolic white flower on the Alley Cat Allies website here.
Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies, had this to say in the press release:
“Intentionally killing a cat—pet, stray and feral—is against the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We are working closely with the community and we offer our full support throughout the investigation.”
Alley Cat Allies also announced they will be hosting a Town Hall meeting to discuss the open case and local animal protection issues with the community on Thursday, May 15, from 6–8 p.m. The Town Hall will take place at Riverview Restaurant, 1 Warburton Ave., Hastings on Hudson, New York and is open to the public.
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact local police or the SPCA of Westchester through the confidential hotline at 914-941-7797.
Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than half a million supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives cats and kittens nationwide. Visit their website for more information.
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