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Oct 17, 2012 10:06 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

SPCA Investigating Alleged Poisoning Of Cats In Eastport

Oct 17, 2012 10:13 AM

The Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is investigating a report that Eastport community members found a number of cats dead in the area that were allegedly killed with poison left in a bowl of milk or food outside a local business, according to SPCA Chief Executive Director Roy Gross.

Mr. Gross said that two investigators are looking into the incident, though he said he could not comment specifically on the case.

“I can’t confirm anything,” he said. “At this point, it is an allegation and it is under investigation.”

Suffolk County Police said they received a 911 call on October 12 at 10:52 a.m. reporting the discovery of the dead cats.

Mr. Gross said that anyone found responsible for poisoning an animal could face a misdemeanor charge of animal abuse, punishable by up to a year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. If the animals were considered companions—if they belonged to or were regularly fed or cared for by an individual—the charge would be upgraded to aggravated animal abuse, a felony punishable by up to 2 years in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.

Anyone who has information on the incident, or other cases of animal abuse, is asked to call (631) 382-SPCA. All calls will be kept confidential, Mr. Gross said.

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This is totally sick and whomever is doing this needs to drink some of their own poison.
By Lauragev (1), Sag Harbor on Oct 17, 12 12:54 PM

To the Killer of small and defenseless lesser lifeforms: the circle of life will come around to destroy your business and your piece of mind.

I pray that you have a horrible year to come.
You in turn should give thanks and praise that someone like me does not get their hands on you first.

Watch your back
By year round (22), southampton on Oct 17, 12 3:19 PM
This sick, disgusting individual must be brought to justice. I shop in that area, but will not patronize any stores until this individual is punished. My neighbor used to hide rat poision out in his woods because he didn't like animals. The ironic twist of fate was his own dog ate the stuff. The fines should be increased ten-fold for anyone who sets out to deliberately kill another living being.
By Ms. Jane Q. Public (147), Southampton on Oct 17, 12 3:38 PM
I just cant believe someone would think to kill any animal. To the sick, twisted person who did this, you will pay one way or another and I wish that year round could get his hands on you first and I would not mind being second.
By jacks (70), hampton bays on Oct 17, 12 3:41 PM
heard it was behind a subway any connection?? the person(s) responsible should have the old fashioned punishment, being flogged in the village square!!! what a bunch of sick, cowardly human beings!!
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Oct 17, 12 6:36 PM
This comment has been removed because it is a duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content.
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Oct 17, 12 6:36 PM
sorry for the double submit
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Oct 17, 12 6:37 PM
Less wild cats, means more vermin.

I'll take the cats, over the vermin any day...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Oct 17, 12 10:25 PM
Shame on you ....SUBWAY!
By gallerygirl (29), southampton on Oct 18, 12 9:33 AM
Shame on YOU, gallerygirl for leaping to conclusions without any viable information. First, the article should have included the location of the incident so that people like you would not assume that an anonymous poster (AKA xtiego here) knows what they are talking about. Second, even if the rumored location is correct there certainly is the possibility that someone other than the proprietor of that business is the responsible party if indeed there is EVIDENCE that something nefarious was the ...more
By VOS (1241), WHB on Oct 18, 12 3:52 PM
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