PATCHOGUE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Police in Suffolk County are offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest in the killings of two feral cats in Patchogue.
Authorities believe the cats, an adult and a kitten, were killed sometime between 11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday. Both were discovered on the lawn of a person who had been caring for them on Corbin Avenue, police said.
“It was determined that the adult cat suffered blunt force trauma that killed it and the kitten was severed in half and did not appear to have any other signs of trauma,” Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County SPCA, told 1010 WINS.
Gross called the killings “a heinous act of animal cruelty.”
“It is being investigated as a felony animal cruelty act,” he said. “Either the person or persons must be brought to justice.”
Suffolk County Crime Stoppers is offering reward of up to $5,000 while the Suffolk County SPCA is offering an additional $2,000 reward. NYSHA is also pledging a $1,000 reward upon arrest and conviction, Gross said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS or the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.