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Animal Defenders of Westchester
P.O. Box 205
Yonkers, NY 10704


Reward offered for Cat Killer
7 May 2013

An animal rights group is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the capture of a suspected cat killer in northern Yonkers.

Animal Defenders of Westchester announced that it has teamed up with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Westchester in seeking the person or people responsible for fatally poisoning at least five feral cats along Bretton Road earlier this year.

To be eligible for the reward, a witness must give a sworn statement that leads to an arrest.

“You will be caught,” warned Animal Defenders founder Kiley Blackman in a statement Monday.

“How can you do something so cruel to a little animal who doesn’t harm anyone and walks around minding her own business?” Blackman asked.

“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.”

The SPCA began investigating the cat deaths after incidents on March 5 and March 13 in which a feline that was found disoriented and unable to stand was taken to Central Animal Hospital in Scarsdale only to die within hours.

After rabies tests came back negative, a necropsy of one of the cats found its organs undamaged, suggesting that it had ingested a type of rat poison that attacks the neurological system, SPCA of Westchester Director Ernest Lungaro said in March.

Blackman thanked the Scarsdale animal clinic Monday for its compassionate treatment of the cats as well as for “graciously” providing discounted spay-neuter services and medical care for eight surviving felines.

Clinic director Michael Woltz called the intentional harm of animals “repugnant,” adding that there are state laws to hold people accountable for animal cruelty.

“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,” he said in the statement released by Blackman. 

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