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Schenectady PD closes investigation after dead cats found in vacant lot

Posted: Updated: Jun 04, 2014 02:27 PM

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. - After looking into a report of dead cats in a vacant lot, the Schenectady Police Department has closed its investigation.

Animal control officers investigated two incidents in which cats were found inside garbage bags.

On the first incident, April 3, 2014, two adult cats were found. In the second, on June 2, 2014, one adult cat was recovered. No dead kittens were located and the deceased animals that were examined had no sign of trauma or punctured wounds, according to officials.

The Schenectady resident who found the cats said the animals were mutilated and had bite marks on their bodies, a sign that he claims is from possible dog bites.

However, police said there was no indication that the cats had been used in dog fighting. They say there is no evidence at this time that criminal activity took place.

David Park described himself as an animal lover and said he was disgusted when he discovered a trash bag in the lot next to his home over the weekend.

“The cats were chewed up, like dogs were chewing them up,” he said.

Park said his neighbor called animal control. The neighbor asked NEWS10 ABC to not reveal his identity and says the neighborhood is up in arms about what he calls abuse.

“It’s sickening, it’s cruelty to animals. They need to go to jail and they need to do time for it, not a slap on the hand,” he said.

A Schenectady Police spokesperson said that the investigation has closed as the bodies of the cats had no signs of mutilation.

But Park seems skeptical, saying that no matter what, you shouldn’t be dumping animals into garbage bags and leaving them in vacant lots.

“It makes me really sad that people do that kind of stuff and get away with it because nobody wants to do anything about it,” said Park.

Neighbors speculate that the cats may have been used as bait for dog fighting.

Schenectady Police say there is no evidence that the cats were used for dog fighting but anyone with knowledge of dog fighting in the city is asked to contact the Animal Control Officer at 518-382-5200 ext. 5655.

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