There is a seriously disturbed individual or individuals hanging around outside of Yonkers, New York lately. On Saturday, it was discovered that the remains of at least 25 cats were tossed into plastic bags and hung from a tree in a wooded area just beyond Overlook Terrace in Yonkers, New York. The animals were thought to be bagged after death, dying all in a similar manner from severe head trauma.
The SPCA's Humane Law Enforcement Division reported this incident to reporters, stating that, "[the incident] was pretty disturbing, smashing their heads in and displaying them like that. We have found, in the past, cases where cats were poisoned, but we've never seen anything where they're killing them this violently."
Director of Enforcement at the Westchester County SPCA Ernest Lungaro stated that a baseball bat, a metal pipe and two shovels were found not too far from the tree. However, it has not yet been confirmed if these bludgeoning tools were used in the incident or not. Regardless of the tool used, the number of cats was absolutely staggering, only rivaled by the amount of violence used.
Upon further investigation, it became apparent that these killings have been going on for quite some time. While some of the cats had only been dead three or four days, many of them were little more than skeletons. However, each cat had been killed in a similar way, by being violently and brutally beaten in the head. Since the area lies only a half mile from the Bronx, authorities speculate that the killer or killers may have commuted to the area from there. The Yonkers police department are still trying to determine whether all of the 25 cats killed were ferals plucked from the street as well as how many people were involved in this horrific beating.
In the meantime, Alley Cat Allies, a Maryland-based organization that sponsors programs to neuter feral cats, is offering a $750 dollar reward for information that leads to an arrest of the guilty parties.