North Ridgeville, Ohio “Humane” officer allegedly shoots and kills 5 kittens

June 11, 2013

A North Ridgeville “Humane” Officer who allegedly shot and killed five kittens is now in the hot-seat as animal lovers everywhere are calling for his resignation.

The incident occurred on June 10 when a Lorain County, Ohio woman called about a feral mother cat and her five kittens who were living in a woodpile in the woman’s backyard. Not long after making the call, Officer Barry Accorti came out to investigate.

According to the homeowner, she thought Accorti was going back to his vehicle to get a tranquilizer gun to use on the kittens and was horrified when he pulled out his gun and shot the five 8-10-week-old kittens to death.

Accorti explained his actions by telling the woman he wasn’t supposed to do this, but it was justifiable due to lack of space at the local animal shelter. He also told the woman the kittens would be going to heaven.

The homeowner had to run back into her house, where her children, who had heard the gunshots, were inside screaming and crying. Luckily the mother cat escaped without injury.

Several animal advocacy groups are hard at work to see Accorti removed for several reasons. One is that he had no right to kill the kittens. Another is he discharged a firearm five times within close vicinity to young children.

Many who have read of this case also want to see Accorti arrested for animal cruelty. If an average citizen had committed this crime, that person would have been charged with five cases of animal cruelty. Let’s see if the badge can protect him from this one.

Officer Barry Accorti is a part-time humane officer hired by the city, and a complaint has been filed with the Ohio SPCA. The SPCA have posted a photo of the woodpile showing blood on their Facebook page and updated information will be posted there as it becomes available. Here’s the information on who to contact to express outrage about the situation.

North Ridgeville Police Chief Mike Freeman
7307 Avon Belden Road
North Ridgeville, OH 44039
Phone 440-327-2191
Fax 440-353-0834
North Ridgeville Mayon G. David Gillock Phone 440-353-0811

Readers, this is one case where you can help by lighting up the phones at the North Ridgeville Police Depart and let them know this behavior will not be tolerated. Not only does Accorti need to be fired, he needs to be arrested for animal cruelty.

Any officer who would fire his weapon numerous times within such proximity to children should have his weapon taken away before he hurt someone. Next time it may be a child on the receiving end.

The police department was contacted and the caller told Accorti was out sick and wouldn’t return to work until Wednesday.



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