Animal protection investigators in a New York suburb are investigating the "violent" deaths of about 25 cats who were killed with blows to the head before being hung in plastic bags from trees.
The bodies of the cats were found yesterday in a wooded area of Yonkers and appear to have been killed with blows to the head at various times over the past year, local animal welfare charity director Ernest Lungaro said today.
A baseball bat, two shovels and a metal pipe were found near the scene, though investigators have not yet confirmed whether they were the weapons used on the animals - some of which were killed only a few days before the grim discovery.
"Pretty disturbing, smashing their heads in and displaying them like that," Mr Lungaro said. "We have found, in the past, cases where cats were poisoned, but we've never seen anything where they're killing them this violently."