Yesterday we covered a story out of Ohio that has raised tempers and emotion, and has inspired animal lovers to speak out.
Our post, Outrage Grows After Ohio Humane Officer Shoots and Kills 5 Kittens, along with stories on the incident elsewhere, tell of the North Ridgeville, Ohio humane officer who on Monday of this week shot and killed 5 feral kittens living in a woman’s woodpile in a residential neighborhood. The woman contacted police via Facebook, asking for the family of a Mama cat and her kittens to be removed from her property, but was horrified when the babies were executed on the spot.
The woman contacted the Ohio SPCA, which has taken an advocacy role in the case, calling for the officer’s firing. On Tuesday the North Ridgeville police chief, Michael Freeman said that Humane Officer Barry Accorti would not face disciplinary action.
Several animal lovers and advocates have asked us to share the petitions that have come out of the incident. Those supporting and promoting the petitions are asking their fellow animal lovers to please sign and share with others.
Titles of the two petitions below link to the petition sites.
The Ohio SPCA, which is closely involved with the case and has taken a leading role, is urging animal lovers to sign a petition they have started at Causes.com. The SPCA petition is directed to North Ridgeville’s mayor, David Gillock.
Fire North Ridgeville Humane Officer Barry Accorti for KILLING kittens in front of children
To: Mayor David Gillock
I urge you to immediately fire and prosecute North Ridgeville Humane Officer Barry Accorti for shooting and killing a litter of kittens instead of trapping them and taking them to a shelter or cat rescue for possible adoption. The officer had no right to draw his weapon in front of the homeowner and her children and then kill this litter of kittens. He must pay the consequences of his irresponsible actions. Thank you for taking swift action on this tragic event.
Melissa Gnizak has started a petition at Change.org, which is directed to the Ohio State legislature and North Ridgeville Police chief Michael Freeman.
The release of duties of Barry Accorti.: Release Barry Accorti from his position as North Ridgeville Humane Officer
North Ridgeville in Lorain County, Ohio – North Ridgeville “Humane” Officer Barry Accorti responded to a call this afternoon (6/10/13) 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. Accorti told the woman that he isn’t suppose to do this, but it was justifiable. The woman ran into the house to shield her children who were screaming and crying. We are told that he discharged his gun approximately 15 feet from the backyard patio. The mother cat is still alive.
For details on the story, along with local news video reports, see or post of 6/11, Outrage Grows After Ohio Humane Officer Shoots and Kills 5 Kittens
The Ohio SPCA is providing updates on the story at Twitter and Facebook.
21 thoughts on “Petitions Seek Firing of Officer Who Shot and Killed Ohio Kittens”
These people capable of such cruelty can not be trusted especially in any position of authority
What is human about shooting 5 healthy kittens? Full Shelters my left foot. A rescue group could have been contacted or other option made. FIRE HIM!
People like this don’t deserve to be alive!
HE NEEDS TO NOT ONLY LOOSE HIS JOB BUT ALSO FINED AND JAILED FOR LIFE AS FAR AS I FEEL
Colui che non rispetta la vita, non merita di vivere.
So trained to be trigger happy , this is the person you never want to see in a uniform
This guy needs to be publicly executed and “sent to police orificer heaven” (intentional misspelling of orificer).
What a useless piece of crap the INHUMANE officer is. I say we do the same to his sorry butt. North Ridgeville Police, and all ARE corrupt. I hope they get what they deserve.
From the other side of the world,Crete – Greece here’s our opinion:
Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.
i dont speak italian but it says whoever doesnt respect life, doesnt deserve to live
Absolutely UNACCEPTABLE! There’s nothing HUMANE about him! FIRE him & JAIL TIME!!! 🙁
Patrick Morne · Institut Français de Londres
This wreck of a policeman is a downright bastard taht MUST be kicked out of his job.
Patrick Morne · Institut Français de Londres
This wreck of a policeman is a downright bastard who MUST be kicked out of his job.
Please,please,please fire this creep…So sad for the mama cat who had to see this and shame on this woman for calling the police in the first place…