Humane Officer Accused of Shooting Kittens

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A humane officer in North Ridgeville, Ohio, is accused of shooting and killing a litter of kittens in front of a group of children, according to Gawker.

Humane Officer Barry Accorti responded to a homeowner's call to police regarding a feral cat and its litter of five kittens on her property. Accorti allegedly told the woman that the shelters were full and the cats would be going to kitty heaven, then drew his gun and shot the animals to death at point-blank range.

Accorti allegedly acknowledged to the homeowner that he wasn't supposed to kill the cats, but that it was justifiable. Meanwhile, her children witnessed the alleged shooting while watching from a nearby window. One of them ran to her crying and saying, "Mommy, mommy, he shot the kitty." Neighbors also were outraged.

The chief of police released a statement addressing the incident. In it, he stated that the homeowner complained about the cats due to the fleas, odors and dead animals they were bringing to the property, and that her husband had tried removing the animals himself, but was unable to because of their aggression. The statement says that the homeowner and Accorti had agreed to euthanize the animals, but that she was upset he shot them there on the property and in front of her children.

"Our agency prides itself on not telling people, 'It's not our problem or there is nothing we can do for you.' This would be the easy way out," the chief said in his statement. He also said that Accorti acted appropriately, and disciplinary measures would not be imposed. Meanwhile,the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is calling for Accorti to be fired and charged with animal cruelty.


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I feel this was a very I humane way of dealing with this problem, but most importantly the complaint of children being present or having an understanding of what was happening. This incident will scare them for life. I know that if this happened in front of my little boy he would constantly question and become very upset and cry because he wouldn't understand why this situation would be taken care of in this manner. In no way should these children be subject to such a violent nature of dealing with a situation. So that they can grow up thinking that if people are bad or mean and too many of us that we should just take them out and shoot them. What negative and in humane teaching has this caused. And for this to not be taken into consideration is appalling. At no point should these children be subject to what he did. Thoughtless individuals teaching youth no respect for life and getting away with it!

June 16 2013 at 3:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have 15 cats they all are spayed and neutered if I saw that the officer would of been shot. Or if I knew about the animals I would of drove to get them.

June 15 2013 at 11:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The humane officer needs to be fired. What's the difference when a regular person is cruel to animals they go to jail get fined and for some reason they go and work with animals. You have to be a heartless person to shoot them especially in front of kids.

June 15 2013 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

We need ot spay and neuter people first then the himane treatment of animals will follow

June 14 2013 at 9:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Be responsible have you animals fixed. Feral cats and dogs come from people not taking care of their animals in the first place. People spend $40 a week on beer, cigs, lottery and all kinds of crazy stuff. Spay or Neuter your animals !!!!!!

June 14 2013 at 9:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The man did the humane thing. The poor cats would've suffered trying to find food while breeding even more.

June 14 2013 at 9:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to drakkusshadows's comment

Shooting them in front of children was the right thing?
Don't you think they died scared and in pain?

June 14 2013 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

the people of ridgeville have a bigger problem than animal control, the bigger problem is the chief of police not seeing a problem

June 14 2013 at 8:39 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Swanderman---YOU are not native to our ecosystem. Perhaps the nice officer could take care of that. With mountain top mining, fracking, pollution and toxins in our water table and Monsanto cancer causing GMOs all you can say is get rid of the kitty cats? Grotesque!

June 14 2013 at 8:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This officer is one sick human being and should never be allowed to be near animals. I don't understand how someone can stand there and shoot defenseless babies. Ugly man! Hope he doesn't have children.

June 14 2013 at 8:22 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Humane Society here does a 'catch and release' program. They catch the feral cats, have them spayed/neutered, vaccinations, and re-release them back into the neighborhoods where they were found. I can't IMAGING shooting kittens, and in front of kids!!! This man, I don't care HOW many years of service, needs to retire.
Also, I NEVER offer kittens for 'free' to be bait for other animals...I take them to MY local animal shelter, which is a no-kill shelter, and has a 'Free adoption Friday' every week. I have about 5 kittens right now I need to take to them. At least I know they will be loved.

June 14 2013 at 8:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Tracie's comment

You never offer kitten for free, take them to a no kill shelter and have 5 now to take to them. WHY have you not had your cat spayed

June 14 2013 at 9:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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