Authorities are trying to find the person who brutally abused and then killed eight kittens on Long Island.
SPCA Chief Roy Gross says a woman caring for a group of feral cats and kittens in Bohemia found eight kittens dead late last week.
Animal rescue worker Frank Floridia, of the group Guardians of Rescue, says a worker found the kittens, ranging in age from 3 days to 3 weeks old, pulled from their colony and brutally mutilated.
They were "stepped on, crushed, and hit with some kind of tool that caused puncture wounds," said Floridia.
The kittens were taken to a veterinarian, who determined the injuries were "definitely not animal-related; it was done by a human, and it was done with some kind of tool," according to Floridia.
Another rescue worker, Kevin Brunet, said the brutal killings of the kittens is alarming.
"It's been proven that serial killers have the ability to start fires, abuse animals," said Brunet. "This could be the beginning of something crazy."
Authorities are investigating. The Suffolk County SPCA is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to an arrest, and Guardians of Rescue is offering an additional $1,000.
Wanted posters seeking information on the culprit are being distributed in the Bohemia area.
Gross says the offender could face felony animal cruelty charges.
He asked anyone with information to call the SPCA at 631-382-7722.
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