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SPCA Arrests Yonkers Man in Connection with 25 Dead Cats Found Hanging from Tree

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Rene Carcamo is charged with Animal Cruelty and Violation of Environmental Conservation Law

Shannon Laukhuf, Executive Director of the SPCA of Westchester, announced today that the SPCA of Westchester's Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Unit and the Yonkers Police Department arrested Rene Carcamo age 60 of 25 Overlook Terrace, Yonkers for illegally disposing of dead cats by placing them in plastic bags and hanging them from a tree on Overlook Terrace in Yonkers, a violation of environmental conservation law. He is also charged with two counts of animal cruelty for failure to provide medical attention for two kittens, discovered in his possession by the HLE Unit during its investigation in July.

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Ernest Lungaro, Director of the SPCA's HLE Unit and members of the Yonkers Police Department arrested Carcamo following an exhaustive investigation conducted by the HLE Unit, the Yonkers Police Department and the Westchester County District Attorney's Office.


On April 24, 2014, Lungaro was called to the Yonkers location after Yonkers Department of Public Works employees discovered the bodies of 25 cats hanging from a tree, and several dead felines on the ground.

The SPCA's HLE Unit and Yonkers Police conducted interviews with residents in the neighborhood and pursued all leads. Carcamo was questioned on several occasions by authorities regarding the dead cats at Overlook Terrace.

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In July, Lungaro instructed Carcamo to get veterinary assistance for kittens living in his apartment that were visibly sick. When it was determined that he had not complied, Lungaro removed the kittens from his home. A veterinary exam found that the kittens had conjunctivitis, discharge from nose and mouth and were severely neglected.


"The SPCA of Westchester is pleased that an arrest has been made in this case, after many months of investigation, interviews and hard work," said Lungaro. "We are grateful to the Yonkers Police Department and the Westchester County District Attorney's Office for helping us to make this possible."


"The SPCA remains saddened by the magnitude and severity of this crime against such innocent animals," said Executive Director Shannon Laukhuf. "Our focus since the incident has been to help feral and stray cats living in that location by examining them for disease and illness, performing spay and neuter surgeries and seeking a safer place for them to live. We are looking for outdoor facilities such as barns to house the cats."  


Numerous cats are being rescued from Carcamo's apartment. Click Below to Donate towards their much needed medical care.

SPCA Holiday Open House
Sunday, December 7th from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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Join us and come celebrate the holidays! Bring the entire family and your dog(s)! Holiday portraits will be taken by Liza Margulies of Snootydog.com. Plus enjoy yummy food, wonderful refreshments, music, games and exciting raffle prizes!

RSVP not required, but greatly appreciated to Lisa@spca914.org. There is no fee to attend. Only well behaved, dog and kid friendly dogs please. All dogs must be on a 6 foot leads or shorter-no flexi leads.

Desires by Mikolay Event to Benefit the SPCA

SPCA of West Chester New York  Join us on Friday, December 5th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a fabulous cocktail party and complete your holiday shopping list!

You'll enjoy hors d'oeuvres and wine while you shop and mingle and can even bring your canine companion to join you.

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Desires by Mikolay has a variety of gorgeous jewelry and women and men's accessories in every price range so you’re sure to find something for yourself or to purchase as a gift!

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A generous portion of every sale will directly benefit the over 2,000 abandoned and neglected animals that come through our shelter doors every year.

Desires by Mikolay is located at 55 King Street in Chappaqua. No fee to attend and RSVP is not required but appreciated to Lisa@spca914.org.

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We are so grateful to Desires by Mikolay, who is selling this beautiful stretch beaded bracelet set online and in their store, with a generous percentage being donated back to the SPCA! It's a gift that will delight whoever you give it to… or you may choose to keep it all to yourself! To learn more or to purchase the bracelet set please visit Desires by Mikolay, located at 55 King Street in Chappaqua
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Homes Needed for Cats Rescued from Grisly Crime Scene in Yonkers

SPCA of West Chester New York Last week numerous homeless cats and kittens were rescued by the SPCA of Westchester from Overlook Terrace in Yonkers, the same location where the remains of 25 cats were discovered this past April, strung up in plastic bags hanging from a tree. Several of the cats had been bludgeoned to death.

The cats and kittens we rescued had been SPCA of West Chester New York living in squalid conditions in a back alley near the crime scene and have multiplied significantly in the last few months. They range from very friendly to feral. While some are more social and can be adopted into homes, it's critical to locate barn homes or adopters who have secure outdoor structures for those cats that are not suitable or happy living inside.

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25 Cats Found Hanging in Bags from Tree; Blunt Force Trauma to Head Determined to be Cause of Death
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On Thursday, April 24th the SPCA of Westchester’s Humane Law Enforcement Unit was contacted by the Yonkers Police Department regarding discovery of the remains of 25 cats found in various stages of decomposition in 30 plastic bags tied to a tree at 14 Overlook Terrace in Yonkers, NY. The bags were discovered by Yonkers Department of Public Works employees performing a routine clean-up of the area.

The SPCA of Westchester transported the bodies to a local veterinarian to perform necropsies on three of the bodies. The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head. It is believed that all of the cats suffered the same death. Additional items were removed from the scene for further analysis.

According to Ernie Lungaro, Director of the SPCA’s HLE Unit, “Both the SPCA of Westchester and the Yonkers Police Department are highly motivated to find those who are responsible for this heinous act. The investigation continues as we follow up leads and conduct interviews.

“All of us at the SPCA of Westchester are deeply appalled by this depraved act of animal cruelty,” said Shannon Laukhuf, Executive Director. “I want to assure the public that we will use every resource available to us to bring those responsible to swift justice.”

Anyone with any information is urged to call the SPCA of Westchester confidential hotline at 914-941-7797. The SPCA's Humane Law Enforcement Division receives no town, county, state or federal funding and is the only organization in Westchester mandated to enforce all animal cruelty laws. Please consider donating to support our mission of investigating and enforcing animal cruelty laws.

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