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By Chrystal Mahan     Jun 13, 2013 in Crime
North Ridgeville - The Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) is pushing for animal cruelty charges against a North Ridgeville, Ohio police officer Barry Accorti, after he shot and killed five kittens.
The Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) is pushing for animal cruelty charges against North Ridgeville, Ohio police officer Barry Accorti, according to the Huffington Post on June 13. The officer is guilty of shooting five kittens to death in front of young children. The part-time humane officer's response to the homeowner's request for help left her only with fear for her family's safety.
The women called the town shelter because she had a feral cat and her litter of kittens living in the wood pile. She was worried for her four children’s safety because the mother cat would get aggressive if anyone came too close to her babies. The woman also noted that the cats were causing a flea problem that spread to her home.
The officer told the North Ridgeville woman when he arrived that the shelter was too full to take on any more animals. He told her the kittens would go to “kitten heaven” then took out his gun and shot all five kittens while her children watched upstairs, according to WKYC 3 on June 12.
The children began screaming and crying as other playing children and parents in the neighborhood stopped because of the gunshots. The women explained she knew the kittens would have to be euthanized, but she didn't realize it would be in an inhumane way.
The officer is also under fire for shooting a firearm in a neighborhood where people were freely roaming around outside. He gave no notice to the neighbors; who were outraged.
The chief of police, Mike Freeman, felt the humane officer did the right thing because “research and other animal organizations accept shooting as an acceptable means of euthanasia." No disciplinary actions will be taken. The chief did admit that the officer should have communicated better with the women on how the kittens would be killed.
The homeowner filed a complaint with the OSPCA.
Executive director of the OSPCA, Teresa Landon, told the Morning Journal that she feels Accorti should be punished for his actions. “The kittens were just sitting there. They didn’t have to die. They were only 10 months old at most and they still could have been socialized,” she stated.
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