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Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2013
TO CATCH A CAT KILLER, ACTIVISTS JOIN WITH SPCA TO OFFER REWARD
WESTCHESTER COUNTY, NY
MAY 10, 2013 Animal Defenders of
Westchester (www.adow.org) has teamed with the Westchester County SPCA by offering a $1000.
reward for capture of person/s suspected of poisoning cats in Yonkers
recently. The information would have to lead to a sworn statement that
leads to an arrest in order to be eligible for the reward. The SPCA
Cruelty Hotline phone number will be listed on flyers, websites, etc.
On March 18, local media reported the suspicious deaths of three
neighborhood felines, followed by two others who died shortly after
being found disoriented and unable to stand. Ten other cats have
disappeared from the area as well. The cats had been in the neighborhood
for years, watched over and fed by residents. Tests on one of the cats
resulted in no sign of rabies or organ damage; however the animal's
behavior was consistent with that of having ingested rat poison.
Thereafter began a concerted attempt by Yonkers police and the SPCA to
find who might be killing these cats that died under such suspicious
circumstances, with others providing rescue and neuter services for the
remaining cats in the area as well.
Central Animal Hospital in
Scarsdale, listed by Westchester Magazine as having seven of the
leading veterinarians in the county. graciously provided spay/neuter
services and medical care for eight of the surviving cats at a reduced
rate. They also provided benevolent, kind care and treatment for the
first four cats who appeared to have been poisoned. 'Intentionally
abusing animals for any reason is repugnant. Every state has laws in
place to hold people accountable for animal cruelty,' asserts Dr.
Michael Woltz, the clinic's director. ' I can only hope this person or
these people are caught and can learn through education and
psychological support to understand that harming helpless animals is
unacceptable human behavior.'
Kiley Blackman, founder of
Animal Defenders of Westchester, agrees. 'How can you do something so
cruel to a little animal who doesn't harm anyone and walks around
minding her own business? Any creep with a grudge thinks they can get
away with hurting animals, children, those who can't defend
themselves...but you will be found. Studies show that those who harm
animals are likely to harm people as well. You will be caught.'
ADOW member Kim Gold, who is assisting with the spay/neuter effort,
adds, '"Poisoning cats leads to a slow, agonizing death. This is a
family neighborhood directly next to a playground with children, pets,
and wildlife. There is a real possibility that children or pets can come
in contact with a lethal poison. Whoever is doing this presents a real
danger to the community."