Local Animal Lovers Stage Memorial Service For Cats Killed In Yonkers

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Participants walked in procession to 14 Overlook Terrace where the bodies of the  cats were found.
Participants walked in procession to 14 Overlook Terrace where the bodies of the cats were found. Photo Credit: Facebook: Yonkers Cats Memorial
A wreath was laid at the site where the cats were found.
A wreath was laid at the site where the cats were found. Photo Credit: Facebook: Yonkers Cats Memorial

YONKERS, N.Y. -- Animal lovers from around the area congregated in Yonkers on Saturday, May 10, for a memorial service for the 25 cats found beaten to death late last month.

The memorial was organized by local advocate Kristin A. Crage. Participants congregated in the C.H. Martin Department Store parking lot at John and James streets before walking in procession to 14 Overlook Terrace where the cats were found.

The cats were killed via blunt force trauma, stuffed in plastic bags and hung from a tree in a forested area, a few feet from residential apartment buildings. 

The participants laid a wreath and crosses at the now cleaned up scene to commemorate the lives lost. Ordained minister Dina Lenore Cirigliano gave the eulogy.

"It was a beautiful memorial," said Crage. 

The crime is currently under investigation by the Westchester SPCA and Yonkers Police Department.

Crage said she believes Mayor Mike Spano needs to take action to help mitigate the large stray cat population in Yonkers.

"(He) needs to implement a city-funded spay/neuter clinic for our strays. Yonkers has an overwhelming number of stray cats who are defenseless to humans that don't want them around.  The Mayor can no longer sit on this issue.  A city-funded spay/neuter clinic needs to implemented now," she said. 

More than $23,000 has been offered by various national and local organizations for information to whomever is responsible for the killing of the cats. 

Anyone with information about the cats is asked to call the Yonkers Police Department Detective Division at 914-377-7724, or the SPCA of Westchester's confidential hotline at 914-941-7797.


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Thank you and God Bless those who care for the outside cats, unfortunately there are just not enough good homes, so TNR is necessary to prevent the birth of unwanted kittens. Hopefully the person, the monster responsible for this horrendous act of cruelty will be caught, if only the same thing could be done to them as our laws are not strong enough to deter these things from happening.

Wow, these responses are really sick.

The people who killed those cats; or more likely, just cleaned up a bunch of road-kill cats caused by people who practice TNR (Trap, Neuter, Re-abandon) and then staged the "murder weapons" to maximize donation potential; were very likely to have attended the memorial. People who do those things always love to be in the middle of it all. Cat-people always use their cats like little animal-sacrifices just to manipulate everyone around them, it's all they have in their lives. The more dead cats that these people can find (or cause to happen) to parade in the media to exploit for donations for themselves the wealthier they all become -- millionaires even. Don't believe me?

Here's the very first link that any of these people should have checked out.

bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/animal-protection/alley-cat-allies-in-bethesda-md-107/financial

What's even more telling is that Alley-Cat-All-Lies used this very pile of dead cats in Yonkers to exploit for many dozens of $thousands in donations, yet only donated $750 themselves. They refuse to tell anyone where all those $thousands in donations went to. Just ask SPCA who confronted them about this on Alley Cat All Lies' facebook pages. Then Alley-Cat-All-Lies deleted all of SPCA's questions about where all those $THOUSANDS in donations were going to -- no other word was found on the subject. We all watched it happen.

They don't even meet the criteria to qualify for being a reputable charity organization under "Better Business Bureau" standards (like that's any surprise). While Becky and all her close friends are laughing all the way to the bank to the tune of $5M in assets with a $6M income. (Their 2013 financial report now puts their income at over $7.2M last year.)

They also all flew to Hawaii not long ago for another "cat-conference" because, for some unknown reason, they had to be there to discuss these issues. (I wonder how many cats could have been saved from freezing to the pavement this last winter from the price of all their flights and lodging and luxurious food, drink, and entertainment in Hawaii? But these TNR group-leaders were so warm and having so much fun!)

For another good laugh check out how much Becky and her friend pay themselves with everyone else's money.

bbb.org/charity-reviews/national/animal-protection/alley-cat-allies-in-bethesda-md-107/governance-and-staff

They have now been launching some damage-control with their new "Future Five" program to prove to everyone their true and trustworthy intentions. Awarding a princely $5,000 grant to some deserving group. $5,000 is only 0.1% of their assets, 0.08% of their yearly income. They might as well just sh** in the face of every last fool that ever donated to them.

Support yet another organization that exploits and perpetuates the suffering of animals for their own personal financial gain, then try to sleep well at night.

This is even more "rich". I recently discovered that anyone who posts a request for financial help on Alley-Cat-All-Lies Facebook pages is then referred to this page of theirs: alleycat.org/economy

Not ONE link on that page refers to getting actual financial help from Alley-Cat-All-Lies themselves. And even more rich, their very first resource that they send people to, to feed their feral cats, is a national food-bank organization where people donate food to feed needy humans. They are taking the food out of the mouths of needy human infants to feed their diseased vermin cats.

I don't think I've seen a sadder and more sorry and despicable case of "charity" in my whole life before this.

Cruelty to animals is horrible and should be prosecuted, but that does not justify the use of Christian symbols and an ordained minister conducted memorial for cats. It is not only absurd, but also an insult to Christianity. The idiot minister should be defrocked for participating in this mockery and the city should immediately remove the crosses from this public property.

Even more of an insult to all life on earth, those people who promote the free-roaming of these invasive species cats that destroy all our native wildlife by torturing animals to death (including their cats). TNR advocates are some of the most vile and despicable people on the face of this earth. Not only do they torture their cats to death (while gleefully proclaiming that throwing their cats under the wheels of cars or allowing them to lap-up antifreeze in any gutter as being the most humane method to kill their cats), but there's also all the animals that their cats attack and skin-alive or disembowel-alive for their cats' play-toys.