On May 10, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., there will be a memorial for the cats that were found dead, hanging from trees in plastic bags last month. Animal advocate, Yonkers resident Kristin Crage, has put together the vigil to honor the cats who were so carelessly murdered and left as ornaments.
Alley Cat Allies, one of the organizations that has offered reward money to find the perpetrators, will be providing white flowers to those who participate. The nonprofit organization is also providing a sharegraphic online for social media to allow those who can not attend to show their support. The image is available at Alley Cat Allies.
“Humans do not own this earth,” said Kristin Crage. “We share it with animals and it's our responsibility to protect, watch over and respect them. All they want is our kindness.”
A memorial wreath will be placed at the site and a eulogy given by Dina Lenore Cirigliano, an ordained minister. Participants should meet in the metered parking lot behind C.H. Martin Department Store, which is located at 2 Palisades Avenue in Yonkers, New York, then walk the two blocks to the site.
At the end of April, 25 cats were found hanging from trees in the woods off Overlook Terrace. Sanitation workers discovered the bodies, which were in varying degrees of decomposition. Investigators determined the cats were killed by blunt force trauma to the head.
“Intentionally killing a cat—pet, stray and feral—is against the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia,” says Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “We are working closely with the community and we offer our full support throughout the investigation.”
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information should call Yonkers police at 914-377-7724 or SPCA Animal Cruelty Hotline at 914-941-7797.
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