A horrible discovery was made behind a business in Riverhead, Long Island this week: The bodies of four kittens with slashed throats were thrown over a fence into the rear yard of an auto repair business. Newsday reports that a worker found them scattered, in small puddles of blood. A co-owner of Riverhead Brake Service told the paper, "He thought it was a couple of rags on the ground. They were so tiny, they didn't even have a lot of blood in them."

Suffolk County SCPA head Roy Gross believes they were probably left between Monday 5 p.m. and Tuesday 6:30 a.m. "They're small, little smaller than the size of your hand," Gross says. "The slaughter of these innocent kittens, when their eyes haven't even been opened to the world yet, we find this very disturbing."

The Suffolk County SPCA is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the deaths. Anyone with information is asked to call the SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.