YONKERS, N. Y. – A $1,000 reward has been offered as animal advocates and police continue to hunt for a suspected cat killer in northeast Yonkers.
The Animal Defenders of Westchester, working with the SPCA of Westchester, have offered up the money, nearly two months after the suspicious deaths of five feral cats and the apparent disappearance of as many as 10 more in the area near Bretton Road.
Kiley Blackman, founder of Animal Defenders, warned the culprit that they will be caught.
“How can you do something so cruel to a little animal who doesn’t harm anyone and walks around minding her own business?” she asked in a statement.
Authorities launched the investigation in March after two cats were found walking disoriented and uncoordinated. The animals were taken to the Scarsdale animal hospital where they later died.
Days later, three more dead felines were found dead along Bretton Road. The cats were part of a colony of about 25 felines who have lived in the neighborhood for years.
Ernest Lungaro, director of the Humane Law Enforcement Division at the SPCA, said authorities began to suspect they had been deliberately fed rat poison after rabies tests came back negative and a necropsy performed on one of the cats showed the animal’s organs were not damaged.
“We can’t say for sure but it’s a real possibility,” Lungaro said at the time.
Anyone with information has been asked to call the SPCA's confidential hotline at 914-941-7797. In order to be eligible for the reward, the witness’ sworn statement must lead to an arrest.