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Officials Discover Dozens of Dead Cats Hanging from Trees in Yonkers, N.Y.

In this April 24, 2014 photo provided by the SPCA of Westchester's Humane Law Enforcement Division, plastic bags containing the remains of about 25 cats are hanging from a tree in a wooded area in Yonkers, N.Y. Authorities say it is too early to tell whether someone had killed the cats or were just disposing of their bodies. (AP Photo/SPCA of Westchester's Humane Law Enforcement Division)
Plastic bags containing the remains of about 25 cats were hanging from a tree in a wooded area in Yonkers, N.Y. Authorities say it is too early to tell whether someone had killed the cats or were just disposing of their bodies.AP

Police in Yonkers, N.Y., are looking for who is responsible for hanging as many as 30 dead cats in plastic bags from a tree in a vacant lot, according to local media reports.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals joined police in the New York suburb in responding to the discovery on Thursday morning, according to the Yonkers Daily Voice.

Police said the cats were in different stages of decomposition and would have to be analyzed to determine cause of death.

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Ernest Lungaro, the director of the SPCA of Westchester County’s Humane Law Enforcement Division, told the Journal News that it appeared each cat had been put into a bag after it had died.

"It's something very odd," Lungaro told the Journal News. "It's a lot of cats to be disposed of in a year."

Officials believe the cats were hung there over the last year.

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