YONKERS, N.Y. -- Alley Cat Allies is offering a $750 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the deaths of 25 cats found in bags hanging from trees in Yonkers, according to a release.
“This is a disturbing and horrific case of animal cruelty, and we need to find whoever is responsible,” Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies a Maryland-based national advocacy group dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, said in the release. “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.”
The group also said in the release that the incident is cause for alarm for the community’s safety.
"Psychiatric and criminological research has established a relationship between cruelty to animals and a host of other violent behaviors towards people," the group added in the statement.
The cats are believed to have been deliberately killed by trauma to the head, the SPCA of Westchester announced Friday afternoon.
Anyone with any information is urged to call the SPCA of Westchester confidential hotline at 914-941-7797.