A cat was found abandoned Tuesday with her four dead kittens in a cage in a wooded area in Patchogue.
Now, the Suffolk County SPCA is asking the public’s help as it tries to determine who left the cats on the deserted path.
The female feline was found, along with her kittens, in the travel carrier, with the initials “TOH,” in a wooded area near Grove Avenue between Newins and Smith streets by an area resident out for a walk, officials said.
It was not immediately clear how long the cats had been there. The SPCA said the circumstances are under investigation, but said that the abandonment is consistent with a misdemeanor act of animal cruelty. Conviction on such a charge could result in a fine or imprisonment.
The SPCA is offering a $2,000 reward for any information leading to arrest and conviction in the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call the SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls will remain confidential.
Officials said the mother cat is currently in foster care — and she will soon be available for adoption.