Alley Cat Allies has taken action once again by offering a $750 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the deaths of at least 25 cats, as announced in their latest press release of April 25, 2014. The cats were found dead, some hanging from a tree in garbage bags, in Yonkers, New York.
“This is a disturbing and horrific case of animal cruelty, and we need to find whoever is responsible,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “Intentionally killing a cat—pet, stray or feral—is against the law in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We are hopeful that authorities will take this seriously, and we offer our full support throughout the investigation.”
According to USA Today on April 25, 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.
The NY Daily News reported that necropsies were performed on some of the cats. Indications were that the cats were killed by blunt force beatings to the head. Ernest Lungaro of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Westchester said some of the bodies appeared to have been placed in the trees within the past few weeks.
Alley Cat Allies cautions that psychiatric and criminological research has established a relationship between cruelty to animals and a host of other violent behaviors towards people. Therefore animal cruelty must be taken seriously.
Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact local police.
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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