Dead Cats Found Hanging In NYC Suburb Were Beaten
The cats, found hanging from trees in White Plains, New York, were killed with blows to the head.
Ernest Lungaro, director of enforcement at the Westchester County SPCA, said necropsies on three of the cats revealed blunt trauma to their skulls.
“Pretty disturbing, smashing their heads in and displaying them like that,” he said. “We have found, in the past, cases where cats were poisoned, but we’ve never seen anything where they’re killing them this violently.”
Lungaro said a baseball bat, two shovels and a metal pipe were found near the scene in a wooded area just off Overlook Terrace in Yonkers, about a mile and a half north of the Bronx. He said investigators were not yet sure that those items had been used in the killings…
Yonkers police and the SPCA are investigating. Lungaro said some people were being questioned but he would not say whether there was a suspect.
He said there are many feral cats in the area and there has been some tension over feeding stations that some residents have established.
“Some people get frustrated with the people who feed them,” he said. He said it was possible the dead cats were put in the trees “to taunt the people that are feeding the cats.”