- The Washington Times - Friday, April 25, 2014

More than 30 dead cats were found hanging from trees in an abandoned lot in Yonkers, stuffed inside plastic bags and decomposing, authorities reported.

The website Vocativ first reported the display, which was discovered by New York workers when they went to the lot for cleanup duty.

“They were placed in small shopping bags, the plastic bags that you might get from an A&P [grocery] or a ShopRite, and then they were hung from a tree,” Ernie Lungaro, the director of humane law enforcement at ASPCA, told the online news site.

It appeared as if the cats may have been part of a ritual of some sort, the New York Post reported.

The ASPCA said officials were going to try to perform necropsies on the animals to determine the cause of death and see if they can determine other abuses that may have been inflicted.

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