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.

Lizzie Hedrick April 05, 2012 at 10:30 PM
That's one of the most depressing things I've read in a long time.
Wendy Perrin April 05, 2012 at 11:45 PM
So horrible, one can only hope that it is a veterinarianat that couldnt afford to dispose of the anilmals after they passed away. There was a case where that happened some where else in New York. If not the person should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law..
Conservative NYer April 06, 2012 at 12:24 AM
"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." Which media are you referring to? I looked at The Journal News and there are no pictures. I had to put my German Shepherd down recently and I paid for a private cremation.... I could not even bear to think but I have to find out just for my peace of mind...
Zach Oliva (Editor) April 06, 2012 at 12:37 AM
I can't speak for what other media outlets, but my guess is they made the same decision. I haven't seen anyone post them, but if the police post it on their website I'll share the link.
George Datino April 06, 2012 at 12:41 AM
My first thought was that it might have to do with the disposal of pets after having to be put down. I would hope not. I would like to think that what is said happens to our beloved pets is what happens.
JJ April 06, 2012 at 01:41 AM
SAD............I hope it's investigated. Then I'll ask WHY? The world is going nuts..........
Naomi April 06, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Zack, While I respect the opinion of the Patch. I ask that they look at it from the point of view of the pet owner who has just lost a member of their family and now cannot get this story out of their head. Please reconsider your choice and perhaps put it behind a diclosure where people have to specifically select the option to view the pictures. I ask this as a dog and cat owner (even though none of my pets had passed recently). If they had, I would want to have the ability to try to help law enforcement and catch the person who did this regardless of what they looked like. This would help me have peace of mind and also help law enforcement. WABC and News 12 both have videos that include some of the animals. I would also like to state that if you listen to these news articles it appears that the animals were well taken care of and none were microchipped. To me that says someone intentionally chose which animals to dump. I hope they find the person who did this and I wish Anthony were handling this case as it would be resolved quickly and professionaliy. Here is a link to the news12 video http://www.news12.com/articleDetail.jsp?articleId=314953&position=1&news_type=news Channel 7 video http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/video?id=8610402&pid=8610494 Also the number is up to 35 animals Naomi
Dina Sciortino April 06, 2012 at 03:42 AM
Horrendous...what goes on?
Mike April 06, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I want to say something, but I just don't know what to say.
Mimi7 April 06, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Hi, I recently had to put down my American Bulldog by a private cremation too. Do you live in Westchester County? And which cremation place did you use? And also did you receive a certificate for the cremation? Thank you.
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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