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Investigate the Deaths of 25 Cats Found in Woods

From Kiley Blackman
May 6, 2014

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Target: Yonkers Police Commissioner, Charles Gardner

Goal: Ask police officers to investigate the deaths of cats found in plastic bags hung on trees in the woods

City sanitation workers doing their annual cleanup of the woods discovered a horrific scene as they were cleaning in Yonkers, New York. Around twenty-five to thirty black plastic bags were discovered suspended from tree branches and inside they found dead cats, hung one by one in separate bags and carefully tied around different branches of the tree.

This was an awful scene for law enforcement to make sense of. From afar the bags looked like normal trash bags, and because the area is a popular dumping ground for garbage, it didnít look suspicious until closer inspection. The number of cats killed is what law enforcement questioned first, because it is an unusually high number for this year alone. Upon further investigation, it appeared that the cats were dead prior to being put into the plastic bags because they would easily have clawed their way out.

Officials are still trying to figure out whether all of the dead cats were feral or domesticated. There was no evidence that the animals were used in any sacrificial ceremonies, but all of the cats did vary in age and stage of decay. Officials stated that it was too soon to say whether someone killed the animals or was just disposing them. According to news reports, animal autopsies are planned but there are no leads as to who did this or caused this.


Dear Commissioner Charles Gardner,

Thank you for opening an investigation into the mysterious findings of over 25 dead cats in the woods of Yonkers, New York. This type of crime is highly unusual, therefore the investigation may have many different outcomes. Witnesses around the area mentioned in reports that they heard there was an individual poisoning cats around the woods. Please do not let the perpetrators walk away free if they are harming neighborhood cats.

Although there is no evidence of this incident being a part of a ritual or ceremonial sacrifice, it would be good to look into it to make sure that it isnít. If it turns out that someone has been harming peopleís pets and hanging them, that deserves much further investigation.

Please take into consideration that these cats might have been someoneís beloved pets. Until it is clear that they are feral cats, then it should be treated as a heinous crime.


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