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Cat Decapitation: Reward Available

Investigation is ongoing.

Members of the Putnam SPCA are hoping that a $500 reward will help them find the person responsible for decapitating a cat.

Officials announced Thursday that a Putnam Lake resident, who reportedly wishes to remain anonymous, donated the reward money. in the Patterson hamlet, near the intersection of Garfield Drive and Quogue Road, Monday morning. 

The reward is being offered for information "leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons involved in the decapitation," the SPCA said in a statement.

Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact them via the animal cruelty hotline at 845-520-6915, or this website. They say all calls will be kept confidential. 

Ashley Tarr August 23, 2012 at 07:33 PM
And here's some additional information from the release: "'According to a 1997 study done by the Massachusetts SPCA and Northeastern University, animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent crimes against people and four times more likely to commit property crimes than are individuals without a history of animal abuse.' (Pet-Abuse.com) In a recent case in Yonkers, Shaman Irving, a 17-year-old male, was arrested when he threw his mother’s cat out of the window from the 14th floor of the apartment they were living in. After serving eight months incarceration for this crime he was released, and within a short period of time, arrested for the shooting murder of a friend. Chief Ken Ross of the Putnam County SPCA stated that /Animal abuse, in itself is a serious crime. It is also a precursor of future crimes by the perpetrator against humans.'"
Portia Torte August 27, 2012 at 12:41 AM
There is a an admitted cat killer in Mount Kisco/Bedford who pleaded guilty and did time in Maryland. He seems to now live in Mount Kisco in his parent's house. His DWI's and the animal mutilation charges he pleaded guilty to in Baltimnore are now all on probation. Anyone with any info? http://bedford.patch.com/articles/bedford-native-accused-of-animal-abuse-sentenced-to-jail
ingeborg oppenheimer August 27, 2012 at 03:50 PM
just as in the case of fire setters, the response to perpetrators of animal cruelty must include psychiatric evaluation, and careful psychiatric monitoring during incaraceration and prior to release. the characteristics behind such crimes to not remit just with incarceration, and sometimes not even with treatment. yes, disturbing as the idea might be, such individuals require continued protection of the community by containment away from the community. sometimes aging changes the dangerous psychological character; but this can only be ascertained with psychiatric and psychological evaluation.

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