Authorities say over 30 dead cats were discovered hanging from a tree in a deserted Yonkers parking lot earlier this week. 

Vocative reports that the majority of the cats were placed inside of plastic bags, then hung from the tree in some sort of ritualistic arrangement. The gruesome find happened around 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning, as Department of Public Works employees were just arriving at work. 

SPCA Director of Humale Law Enforcement Ernie Lungaro said there were a few bodies that "were still fresh," but some were "severely decomposed." "We're transporting them and are going to have some necropsies done. We'll know more then," he added. 

One of the many questions is why didn't anyone notice the smell sooner. "It's very strange," puzzled SPCA Executive Director Shannon Laukhuf said. "There's a path that runs down to the businesses. Clearly, people have walked that path pretty often. It's hard to believe that someone didn't notice something. The smell of decomposition is overwhelming."

Though 22 cats were poisoned in Yonkers last year, Laukhuf said it's still too early to connect both incidents. Regardless, this latest case has horrific, serial killer-esque overtones. 

[via Gawker and Vocativ]

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