UPDATE: SUFFOLK COUNTY SPCA INCREASES REWARD TO $5,200 FOR KILLER OF KITTENS
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.