Yep, this caught my eye too . Last year, Pisano, a city sanitation worker for Yonkers, had come across hanging bags of dead cats on the same tree branches, but there were only a couple of them, which made him think it was someone disposing of pets that had died naturally. This year, as Pisano and his crew went to clear the same woods, he spotted a line of bags that raised his suspicions. Even before starting the cleanup, he was drawn to them. They turned out to be dead cats that had been killed with a blow to the head

"It was obvious," the 25-year-old Yonkers resident said. "Someone was going out of their way to kill cats."

"I kind of had a feeling there were cats," he said. "But I thought, 'No way this is all cats.' Sure enough, they were all cats."

Necropsies on the bodies of three of the 25 cats found in the plastic bags — including a kitten who was only weeks old — found they were killed by blows to the head, said Ernest Lungaro, director of enforcement at the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Westchester.

Lungaro said a baseball bat, two shovels and a metal pipe were found in the area and collected as evidence; it was not known if they had been used as weapons.

Some of the remains were recent, while others were skeletons that may have been there for up to a year. Lungaro said he didn't know if other necropsies would be done because of the decay.

Lungaro said the killings would be treated as animal cruelty, a felony. He also said they were not connected with several cat poisonings that occurred in northern Yonkers last year.

Yonkers police are asking anyone with information to call 914-377-7724. Tips also can be left anonymously by texting "YPD" with the tip to 847-411.

Residents also can call the SPCA's Animal Cruelty Hotline at 914-941-7797.

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