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The Suffolk County SPCA has increased the reward to $5,200 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the killing and mutilation of the 4 three week old kittens. The NYC based ASPCA has contributed $2,500 towards the $5,200 reward.

(Riverhead) – Authorities say four kittens were found with their throats slashed in the rear of a brake shop in Riverhead. Chief Roy Gross of the Suffolk County SPCA says the black-and-gray newborn kittens were found Tuesday morning behind Riverhead Brake Service on East Main Street. Gross says the approximately 3-week old kittens were likely flung over the fence of the businesses rear yard some time between 5pm Monday and 6:30 am Tuesday. Investigators say that people should think of someone who may have a cat who recently had kittens and now can’t explain where the kittens are. Authorities say to also keep an ear out for someone who may be laughing or joking about the incident either in person or on social media. Gross emphasized the importance of catching those responsible, saying that “most people who hurt animals, hurt people.”

The Suffolk County SPCA was initially offering a reward of $1000 for information leading to the arrest of the person/persons responsible, however, Francis Bujnicki, the co-owner of the brake shop has chipped in $200 and Dean Murray, the publisher of the “Long Island Pet Lover newspaper and website has pitched in another $100 to make the total reward being offered at this point, $1300.


Anyone with information may call the SPCA at 631-382-7722. Calls will remain confidential.



  1. Michelle October 23, 2013 Reply

    This is such a tragedy. These helpless little kittens should not have had to die – there are so many rescues and shelters around for people to go to. I applaud the groups that have donated to the reward amount – the people responsible for this need to be caught!

  2. Donna Bazemore October 31, 2013 Reply

    Who ever did this are sick, but not to sick that they can’t be punished. The only problem is that the time doesn’t match the crime. I think the murder of animals should be as much as for people. I can’t see why it isn’t they can feel just like we can they can love just like we can so why don’t the people who hurt them get the match to the crime!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Dawn November 8, 2013 Reply

    I feel sorry for the person who is responsible for this. What happened to them to make them so heartless & depraved?

    • Cynthia May 4, 2016 Reply

      Dawn, I so agree with you. Unfortunately, it has been proven that this kind of cruelty and violence toeward animals is just a precursor to viloent crimes commited against humans. It is very sad.

  4. sheri November 9, 2013 Reply

    OMG…… WHO DOES THIS? I have 5 dogs 2 kitties and a bunny who i love and cherrish more then anything in this world they are all my heart. I could never think of ever hurting an animal.What the hell is wrong with the people who did this? How would they like someone to slit their throats and leave them laying in a box.I hope these people are found and prosecuted to the fullest!! they should be ashame of their self.Id hate to be them to stand in front of god come judgement day and have to explain why they did this to his creations.Karma will come back on these people and when it does their going to regret they took these poor innocent lifes.May these kittens forever R.I.P. god bless their little souls 🙁

  5. vicki holland December 19, 2013 Reply

    Ditto to everything everybody saif!i only feel sorry that when they meet god and the judgement they will recieve if they dont turn,atound!thosee pior little things!

  6. Cynthia May 4, 2016 Reply

    this is so sad. unfortunately, people who are ill enough to commit tthese cruel acts against animals, move on to humans. I hope this person is caught and persecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Perhaps the person who gives information that leads to aprehension would give part of his/her reward to no kill rescue.

  7. Mike September 29, 2016 Reply

    When is the Suffolk SPCA Actually going to DO something about these abuse cases? From what we hear all over Social Media and News12 and Newsday all they do is toot a very big horn with NO results.

  8. MK Patterson October 5, 2016 Reply

    WHAT ever happened, did they find who did this?????

  9. Vincent Mccaughey February 2, 2018 Reply

    Its a known fact that people who beat or kill an animal no matter what kind of animal, grow up to do the same thing to humans. They have to pick on a defensive animal because they are cowards and chicken to pick on a human who will fight back and hopefully put them in the hospital. We have 4 dogs and 6 chickens who are members of the family and if anyone would harm them would have a very long recovery in the hospital

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