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Remains of More than 30 Cats and Dogs Found Near Hutch

A transportation official made the discovery around 9:15 a.m., police say more than 30 dogs and cats and a large lizard were found in garbage bags.

The remains of approximately 30 dogs and cats and a domestic lizard were found abandoned on the side of an entrance ramp to the Hutchinson River Parkway Thursday morning in Harrison, police say.

The dead animals were discovered by transportation maintenance officials at about 9:15 a.m on the northbound entrance to the parkway from Westchester Avenue's westbound lane. Police say the animals were inside of about 20 different garbage bags.

The area is being treated as a crime scene, said Sergeant Edward Reich of the Westchester County General Investigations Unit.

Police released photos of some of the animals to the media Thursday afternoon hoping someone would recognize them, but Patch deemed them too graphic for publication.

It is likely the animals were dumped at different times, as the remains had various levels of decomposition. The placement of the bags also varied, leaving police to believe whoever dumped the animals did so on several different occasions.

"It could have been anywhere from up to a year to today," said Reich. "Some had been in that location for a long time because they already had over brush."

Each of the bags was found only a few feet from the ramp in an 80-foot area.

"It's hard to tell if they were thrown from a moving car, it looks like they were placed there," Reich said.

The lizard found is a Monitor Lizard, an animal not native to the United States but domesticated here, police say.

Police don't know how the animals died, they are conducting necropsies—animal autopsies—on five of the more recently deceased animals in an effort to find out, Reich said.

Westchester County Police are investigating the incident along with the SPCA. Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to call 1-800-898-8477 or e-mail tips@wccops.com.

James Robinett April 06, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Show the photo's it will help police to catch this person. If someone see's their pet they can report it to the police they know who put their pet down. Do not cover this up.
william f frank April 10, 2012 at 02:46 PM
please release these horrific photos....i just had a pet put down and now peace of mind is impossible.....at least list the types of breeds involved....please !
william f frank April 10, 2012 at 02:52 PM
if you can't release the police photos can you release a list of the breeds involved ? or a general description.... as my recently "put down" pet had some very unique markings ... please there is no peace of mind without knowing PLEASE thank you
Conservative NYer April 10, 2012 at 03:48 PM
To Mimi7, we had a private cremation which was done by Hartsdale Animal Cemetary (though Miller & Clark) which have been around since 1896 has the first memorial to pay tribute to the canines that served in our military (erected in 1923). I have my beloved German Shepherd's ashes which we're going to spread in our back yard once it gets warmer. The thing is you pay for the "private cremation" but you never know and I had to get some peace of mind. I actually spoke to one of the country detectives that is working on the case and saw the dogs himself and firsthand who assured me that there were no German Shepherds (he also has one himself so it made me feel much better). I also spoke to the lead officer with the W.C.S.P.C.A. yesterday who said most of the dogs they found were not of the larger breeds. All information that was given to me gave me peace of mind but I can't imagine those who owned and loved those animal would ever think they would end up like trash. Breaks my heart.
Conservative NYer April 10, 2012 at 04:12 PM
William don't leave it up to The Patch because they will always caution on the PC side as not to offend and play it safe. Call up Westchester County Police Department yourself and ask to speak to the lead detective (I am sorry I forgot his name) they know a lot more and may be able to give you some peace of mind like they did for me. Blessings and hope you get some peace of mind.

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