YONKERS, N.Y. -- Experts are warning that the person responsible for killing 25 cats and hanging the dead bodies in plastic bags in trees could be "capable of even greater crimes," according to a LoHud report.
"We all know a lot of serial killers had histories of animal abuse," said criminologist Vernon J. Geberth, a retired lieutenant in the New York City Police Department, in the LoHud report. "There is definitely a pathology."
SPCA Westchester officer Ernest Lungaro is investigating the cat killings. He told LoHud that the perpetrators of animal cruelty could be capable of more, according to the report.
"There is definitely a connection with violence against people," said Lungaro, a former lieutenant in the NYPD's Organized Crime Control Bureau, in the LoHud report.