The Putnam County SPCA has still not identified a suspect in the decapitation of a cat in the Putnam Lake neighborhood and have announced that the amount of the award for information leading to the arrest and conviction for the person responsible has increased, according to a post on the Putnam SPCA’s Facebook page.
The Putnam SPCA said the agency has received many calls from local residents pledging reward money and, to date, has received $540. In addition, the New York Humane Association also has offered another $500 reward.
“Due to the nature of this criminal act, without leads, it is extremely difficult to investigate,” the post read.
The head of the decapitated cat was found by a local resident who reported it to law enforcement and the Putnam SPCA noted at that time and has reminded the community that such acts of animal cruelty may be a predictor of much more severe criminal acts against human beings in the future.
“We know that whoever did this to the cat was skilled with sharp instruments, and had caused severe blunt trauma to the animal, possibly killing it, before the head was decapitated and staged on the road where it was found,” the online update read. “Acts like these can be the result of teens who, for what ever reason, feel that it is ‘cool’ to scare people by their acts. It can also be the early sign of a deranged individual…experimenting by torturing and killing an animal, from which they will eventually graduate to human transgressions.”
The Putnam SPCA is asking the public for help in identifying those who may be responsible. The agency promised that all calls will be kept confidential.
The public can contact the Putnam County SPCA at its 24-hour animal cruelty hotline at 845-520-6915 or through its website at www.spcaputnam.org.