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On June 10 in Lorain County, Ohio, North Ridgeville "Humane" Officer Barry Accorti responded to a call regarding a feral mother cat and her five kittens living in a woodpile in a homeowner's backyard. He told the homeowner that shelters were full and that the cats would be going to kitty heaven. He then pulled out his gun and shot to death the five 8 to 10 week-old kittens.
We are told that he discharged his gun approximately 15 feet from the backyard patio. Never did Officer Accorti let the woman know that he would be killing the kittens on site or that he would be firing a gun in her backyard. The woman ran into the house to shield her children who were screaming and crying. The mother cat is still alive.
Not only are there more humane ways to put down feral kittens, the poor judgement Accorti showed by firing a weapon in a backyard surrounded by other homes put people in danger. Allegedly Accorti told the woman that he isn't suppose to do this, but it was justifiable.
I live in Lorain County and this is not the type of behavior or poor judgement we expect from our police officers. Our citizens are outraged that this happened yet Police Chief Mike Freeman has already cleared Accorti of any wrongdoing. We find that unacceptable. Officer Accorti should not continue his position as a humane officer with the North Ridgeville Police Department.
North Ridgeville Police - Chief Mike Freeman, Chief of Police
Mayor Gillock, Mayor of North Ridgeville
Kevin Corcoran, President of City Council
Roseanne Johnson, At - Large City Council
Nancy J. Buescher, Ward I City Council Member
Dennis J. Boose, Ward II City Council Member
Richard W. Jaenke, Ward III City Council Member
Bob Olesen, Ward IV CIty Council Member
Bernadine R. Butkowski (President Pro Tem), President Pro Tem
Ohio State House
Ohio State Senate
Release Barry Accorti from his position as North Ridgeville Humane Officer.
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