YONKERS, N.Y. – A new council formed by concerned citizens will address animal cruelty throughout Westchester County.
The Cat Protection Council of Westchester intends to work with the SPCA of Westchester as well as humane and law enforcement agencies to assist in gathering information related to crimes against cats, according to a press release.
It also hopes to educate people throughout the county about the benefits of spraying and neutering cats. The organization plans to assist in the development of low-cost or free spraying and neutering programs.
The 12-member council formed as a response to an unsolved case in which slain cats were discovered strung from trees in Yonkers. The group wants to organize a clean up and restoration of this site and establish a memorial there.
“We will not let this case go cold,” said Kiley Blackman, council spokesperson, in a press release. “We expect it to be solved. This is a disgrace for Yonkers and is the second incident of a similar nature here, where several cats previously were poisoned prior to this one, which makes a total of almost 35 animals. The savage, alarming murder of those helpless little innocents and the numbers involved showed that special attention had to be paid on their behalf.
“Yonkers must not allow the world to think animal cruelty is tolerated here. Cats unfortunately are still some of the most misunderstood and ignored of the group considered companion animals.”
The council has met with SPCA management, law enforcement representatives, and members of the Yonkers City Council, which promised a budgetary allotment of $15,000 toward a trap, neuter and release program, according to a press release.