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June 12, 2013 6:32pm PST
Officer Barry Accorti shot and killed a group of tiny kittens in front of children, on Monday in North Ridgeville, Ohio.
Ohio SPCA Executive Director Teresa Landon said, “He informed [a witness] that shelters were full and that these cats would be going to kitty heaven.”
It all started when a home owner called for help, and assumed the officer “would be trapping them or something and taking them to a shelter and they would be humanely euthanized if they were not adopted.”
The witness said, “Instead, he went to his truck and got a gun, which she thought was a tranquilizer gun, and walked around to the back of the house and approximately 15 feet from her back door shot and killed the 8- to 10-week-old kittens.”
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The shocked observer immediately alerted the Ohio SPCA, the animal rights group, telling them what the officer did. The group then responded with a Facebook campaign to expose the behavior and demand accountability.
Landon said, “Her children were upstairs in view of the windows. They started screaming and crying because they heard the gunshots. They started screaming, ‘Mommy, he’s killing the kittens.’ It’s heartbreaking… There is no excuse for it. It’s absolutely shameful that someone with the title of humane officer would do this.”
Mike Freeman, the North Ridgeville Police Chief, released a statement defending Accorti. Freeman said, “The cats were located within the wood pile and euthanized,” Freeman said, “The cats were removed from the wood pile and taken from the residence.”
He thinks Accorti’s actions were “appropriate,” and decided not to “impose any disciplinary measures for the incident.”
The Ohio SPCA, on the other hand, demanded he be fired and charged with animal abuse.
Tell us your opinion — do you think Accorti’s actions were just, or an act of animal abuse?
Written by Kristin Tate.
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