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Police investigate killing of two feral cats in East Patchogue

Suffolk police were searching Monday for the person who killed two feral cats, one a kitten whose body was severed in two.

Police said the two feral cats were being cared for by a resident on Corbin Avenue in East Patchogue and were found dead on his lawn over the weekend.

Police said the cats were likely killed between Friday at 11 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m.

Chief Roy Gross of the Suffolk County SPCA said Monday necropsies revealed an adult male died of "blunt force trauma." The kitten, estimated at 6 to 8 weeks old, was cut in half.

Gross said he was unable to provide the gender of the kitten. He called the deaths "violent acts of cruelty by an individual or individuals."

Gross said the SPCA is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the case. That's in addition to a reward of up to $5,000 offered by Suffolk County Crime Stoppers.

The Humane Society of New York is offering a $1,000 reward, Gross said.

Gross said his group is working with Suffolk County police on the investigation.

Anyone with information can call Suffolk Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477 or the SPCA at 631-382-7722.


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