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Reward Increased for Information on Yonkers Cat Slayings

Geezer Butler of the band Black Sabbath is adding $1,000 to the reward for information leading to the arrest of responsible parties in the cat killings discovered in Yonkers last month.

Photo credit: SPCA of Westchester
Photo credit: SPCA of Westchester
The reward provided by the SPCA of Westchester and several organizations has been increased to $25,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved in the killing of 25 cats in Yonkers. 

Originally, the reward was a combined $18,250, but with the help of Geezer Butler, a member of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, the SPCA of Westchester announced Tuesday that reward has been increased.

Below is the text of the SPCA of Westchester's announcement:


Shannon Laukhuf, Executive Director of the SPCA of Westchester announced today that the total amount of reward money offered in the Yonkers cat killing case is now at $25,000. 


“We are very fortunate to announce that Geezer Butler, member of the famed heavy metal band, Black Sabbath, has offered to contribute $1,000 for any information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the horrendous killing of 25 cats in Yonkers last month. The total amount of the reward money reflects the resolve of the SPCA and the community to find the perpetrators of one of the worst cases of animal cruelty Westchester County has ever known.”


In a statement, Butler expressed his hope that someone might share information about the crime with the SPCA. “It is so tragic that we have human beings among us that are capable of committing such a heinous and heartless crime. Surely there is someone out there that knows who has done this. Please do the right thing and come forward to get this coward(s) off the streets.”


The SPCA’s HLE Unit, under the direction of Ernest Lungaro, is still conducting an investigation of the incident in which 25 dead cats were found in plastic grocery-type bags, hanging from a tree at 14Overlook Terrace. It was determined that the cats were killed by blunt force trauma to the head. The SPCA is working in conjunction with the Yonkers Police Major Case Squad, Yonkers Police Field Intelligence Office, as well as the District Attorney’s office in an ongoing investigation to bring the person(s) responsible for this heinous crime to justice


Any one with information about this crime should contact the SPCA of Westchester’s HLE Unit at 914-941-7797. All calls are confidential.

Mary May 15, 2014 at 08:19 PM
@Reality Bytes What do you have specifically against cats?
Mary May 15, 2014 at 08:22 PM
@Reality Bytes Something very hurtful must have happened to you, perhaps as a child, for you to be so vehemently against TNR - as well as shouting the cats on your private property.
Reality Bytes May 18, 2014 at 05:42 AM
@MaryMoron Destroying cats is neither hating cats nor a fear of cats. I had to LEGALLY shoot and bury literally hundreds of these invasive species vermin to stop them from gutting-alive and skinning-alive the last of the native wildlife on my lands. (true story) Apparently, gutting alive and skinning alive animals with your vermin cats is perfectly acceptable to an animal torturing c_nt like you. Why do mentally-unbalanced and psychotic cat-advocates always presume that if someone is removing a highly destructive, deadly disease spreading, human-engineered invasive-species from the native habitat to restore it back into natural balance that they must hate that organism? Does someone who destroys Zebra Mussels, Kudzu, African Cichlids, Burmese Pythons, Brown Tree Snakes, or any of the other myriad destructive invasive-species in the USA or elsewhere have some personal problem with that species? (Many of which are escaped PETS that don't even spread any harmful diseases, unlike cats.) Your ignorance and blatant biases are revealed in your declaring that people who destroy cats must somehow hate or fear cats. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is people who let a destructive invasive-species roam free that tortures-to-death all other wildlife, wasted for their cats' play-toys, that have zero respect for ALL life. They don't even care about their cats dying a slow torturous death from exposure, animal attacks, diseases, starvation, dehydration, becoming road-kill, environmental poisons, etc., and if very very lucky humanely shot to death as that is the MOST humane death that any of your stray cats will ever hope to meet -- you know, the way that ALL your stray cats DIE. You phenomenally ignorant and amoral cat-lickers don't even respect your fellow human being. This speaks more than volumes about your disgusting character. People like you should be locked up in prison for life for your cruelty to all animals, cruelty to your own cats as well as all the native wildlife that you let your cats skin alive or disembowel alive for their and your entertainment. People who let cats roam free are violating every animal-abandonment, animal-neglect, animal-endangerment, and invasive-species law in existence. If people do hate cats today, have LEARNED to hate cats today, you have nobody but yourself and everyone just like you to blame. YOU are the reason people are now realizing that all excess cats must be destroyed on-site and on-sight. You've done so much to make people care about cats, haven't you. If you want to do something about it, direct your sadly and sorely misplaced energies at those that are causing the problem, not at those who are actually solving it AND HAVE SOLVED IT 100%. THIS IS YOUR FAULT and THE FAULT OF EVERYONE JUST LIKE YOU. You have NOBODY but yourselves to blame. You can take that all the way to the very last shot-dead cat's grave.
Mary May 19, 2014 at 12:24 AM
@Reality Bytes 1. what wildlife you are "protecting" birds?, small mammals (mice, chipmunks)? 2. It sounds like you don't live in Yonkers - by the comment about your "lands"? Why do you have the interest in feral cats in Yonkers? 3. It's very uncivilized to resort to name-calling. 4. something to think about: “humans are devastating numerous species and their homes and we are behaving in the most inhumane and selfish ways. Simply put, we humans are the cause of such massive and egregious ecocide because as big-brained, big-footed, overproducing, overconsuming, arrogant, and selfish mammals we freely move all over the place recklessly, wantonly, and mindlessly trumping the interests of countless nonhuman animals (animals). Every second of every day we decide who lives and who dies; we are that powerful." (Ecocide is Suicide: Compassion and Personal Rewilding www.psychologytoday.com)

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