The Suffolk SPCA is offering a $2,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who brutally killed eight newborn kittens in a Ronkonkoma.
“These poor little defenseless kittens were slaughtered. It was a depraved, senseless, heinous act of animal cruelty. That’s how we are investigating this at this time,” Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross said.
A feral cat caretaker found the lifeless and mutilated bodies scattered around a cat colony in an industrial area by Veterans Memorial Highway and Sycamore Avenue, according to animal rescue organization Guardians of Rescue. The kittens were killed sometime between 10 a.m. May 3 and 10 a.m. May 4.
Guardians of Rescue’s veterinarian said that all of the kittens had massive skull trauma and blunt force to the body. Several had penetrating wounds with deep tissue sticking out, which is most indicative of a blunt pointed objected being forced into the body and then pulled out. All deaths were caused by these injuries.
The kittens’ mothers, Chaps and Midnight, are feral cats at the colony. Chaps’ kittens were 3-weeks-old and Midnight’s were only 3-days-old.
“Since the murders the mother have been frantically running from shelter to shelter — searching for their babies — checking each shelter again and again and again…” Guardians of Rescue wrote on their Facebook wall. They are offering an additional $1,000 reward for any information.
The colony is now under 24-hour surveillance.
Gross said that the culprit could face felony animal cruelty charges.
Anyone with tips or information is asked to call the Suffolk SPCA hotline directly at 631.382.7722. All calls are confidential.