YONKERS, N.Y. -- The Animal Defenders of Westchester will attend a town hall meeting being held by national organization Alley Cat Allies to discuss the recent killing of 25 cats in Yonkers, plus the formation of a council dedicated to stopping animal abuse and the need for more trap, neuter, release, or TNR, programs.
The town hall meeting will be held on Thursday, May 15, from 6-8 p.m. at the Riverview Restaurant at 1 Warburton Ave., Yonkers.
The ACA's intention is to bring a new level of seriousness to this crime by inviting local dignitaries and elected officials to speak on this topic.
George Oros, Westchester County executive chief of staff, will make an important announcement. Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, the Yonkers chief of police, the district attorney and Yonkers City Council member Corazon Pineda will also attend.
The ACA's stated goals for this meeting are:
- To help the authorities identify the person(s) responsible for the mass killing of the cats in Yonkers, see them properly charged with aggravated cruelty to animals (felony level) and monitor the case through the courts.
- To create a sense of cooperation between local trappers/Humane Societies and rescuers and establish open lines of communication.
- To establish partnerships and rapport with local dignitaries, civic leaders and elected officials.
- Create a Westchester Cat Protection Council.
'We've been working closely with Mayor Spano about implementing a formal, city-assisted TNR program in Yonkers, as has been done successfully in Putnam, Yorktown and Dobbs Ferry, as well as in other areas around the country," said Kiley Blackman, founder of ADOW.
"We want whomever is responsible for this atrocity against animals in Yonkers to be brought to justice as swiftly as possible. The tiny innocents who suffered such pointless, sheer brutality will not be forgotten."
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