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April 29, 2014

Reward Offered in New York Mass Cat Killing

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the brutal killings of 25 cats.

The Case: The SPCA of Westchester’s Humane Law Enforcement Unit gives the following account: On the morning of April 24, the remains of 25 cats were found in various stages of decomposition in plastic bags tied to a tree at 14 Overlook Terrace in Yonkers, New York. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head. The bags were discovered by Yonkers Department of Public Works employees performing a routine clean-up of the area.

Animal Cruelty: Getting the serious attention of law enforcement, prosecutors and the community in cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals is an essential step in protecting the community. The connection between animal cruelty and human violence is well documented. Studies show a correlation between animal cruelty and all manner of other crimes, from narcotics and firearms violations to battery and sexual assault.

Brian Shapiro, New York state director for The HSUS said: “It’s unsettling to know that the depraved individual who committed this heinous act is roaming freely in our community. Whoever did this to these innocent animals must be held accountable and we hope this reward will encourage someone to come forward with any information.”

Shannon Laukhuf, executive director of the SPCA of Westchester, said: “All of us at the SPCA of Westchester are deeply appalled by this depraved act of animal cruelty. I want to assure the public that we will use every resource available to us to bring those responsible to swift justice.”

The Investigators: The SPCA of Westchester and the Yonkers Police Department are investigating. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the SPCA of Westchester’s confidential hotline at 914-941-7797.

Resources: The HSUS Animal Cruelty Campaign raises public awareness and educates communities about the connection between animal cruelty and human violence while providing a variety of resources to law enforcement agencies, social work professionals, educators, legislators and families. The HSUS offers rewards in animal cruelty cases across the country and works to strengthen laws against animal cruelty. The HSUS recently doubled its standard cruelty reward from $2,500 to $5,000 thanks to a generous donation from an HSUS board member.

To see information on statistics, trends, laws and animal cruelty categories, click here.  

Media Contact: Kaitlin Sanderson, 301-721-6463, ksanderson@humanesociety.org 

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