Bass guitarist and co-founder of the heavy metal rock band Black Sabbath, Geezer Butler announced today that he is offering a reward of $1,000 and his eternal gratitude for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people involved in a series of cat murders.
Last month, police officers and SPCA of Westchester officials found 25 cats beaten to death and bagged hanging from a tree in Yonkers, New York. This murder scene not only shocked those who discovered it but the residents of New York. It is difficult to imagine such a person or group of people could exist in any community. With Geezer Butler's contribution, this brings the total reward amount to $25,000 that has been donated by individuals and animal rights groups alike.
The SPCA's humane law enforcement unit is charged with investigating the feline deaths but information on the act has been scare. They deemed that the cats were beaten to death with shovels and baseball bats that were found nearby the scene, but still have no leads on who could have committed this heinous crime.
“It is so tragic that we have human beings among us that are capable of committing such a heinous and heartless crime. Surely there is someone out there that knows who has done this. Please do the right thing and come forward to get this coward(s) off the streets," Butler said in a statement released by the SPCA along with the announcement of his donation. Geezer Butler is an avid animal lover and advocate, but a cat lover first and foremost, of which he has three. The SPCA's executive director Shannon Laukhuf said that the musician was "shocked and appalled" by the animal deaths when he read about them and wanted to offer any assistance that he could to catch these killers.
Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the SPCA at 914-941-7797.