Investigators search for cat torturers in the Bronx
Feral cats have been found burned and beaten over the last several weeks in the Bronx, said authorities who are looking to track down the perpetrators.
Its vicious, sadistic cruelty, and it should be stopped, said Councilman Oliver Koppell (D-Bronx).
On July 30, Woodlawn residents alerted animal rescuers to a stray cat roaming the neighborhood whose tail had been burned to little more than a scorched stub and whose gums were burnt, likely due to an effort on the felines part to extinguish the fire.
Naturally, the cat didnt put himself on fire, so we are investigating how this came to be, said Joe Pantangelo, an assistant director with the ASPCA.
Reports have flooded in since of cats with broken bones and lacerations, according to Koppells office.
Woodlawn, in the northwest section of the Bronx, is home to several colonies of feral cats who hide out in the areas abundant parkland and who are fed by area residents.
-- David Freedlander