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Police chief says shooting of kittens was justified

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Despite calls for his firing by an animal rights group, the humane officer who shot and killed five feral kittens Monday in the backyard of a home on Vista Lake Way will not be disciplined, the police chief said Tuesday.

Police Chief Michael Freeman said police believed the cats posed health and safety risks and Barry Accorti did what he needed to do.

“At no time does this agency condone or allow the indiscriminate killing of animals,” Freeman wrote in a news release. “I have decided his actions were appropriate and have decided not to impose any disciplinary measures.”

Freeman said he came to his decision after visiting the homeowner and interviewing her and talking with Accorti.

The homeowner told police she was aware a decision had been made by Accorti to euthanize the feral cats that were reportedly causing problems with fleas inside the house, leaving dead wildlife in the yard and producing a foul odor.

But she did not believe Accorti was going to shoot the kittens on her property, Freeman said.

“The complainant explained she felt overwhelmed due to the fact her children were inside the residence and heard the gunshots,” Freeman said.

Accorti told the resident he was going to eliminate the cats due to the closeness of the wood pile to the house — it was about 10 feet away, the number of children living there and the potential for diseases and unsanitary conditions, including fleas that feral cats can develop, according to Freeman’s statement.

Accorti shot the kittens after finding them inside the wood pile, which he took apart. The cats were then removed from the property.

Teresa Landon, executive director of the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, argued the kittens and their mother could have been trapped and removed instead of being shot to death.

“They could have been relocated,” Landon said. “There are organizations that help with feral cats. This just absolutely cannot happen.”

Landon said her organization planned to demand that Accorti be fired and prosecuted for the incident. The agency plans to send its demands via letters to Mayor David Gillock and Freeman.

“Our stance is that Officer Accorti should be charged with five counts of animal cruelty and dismissed,” Landon said. “This man needs to lose his job.”

Accorti, a longtime police officer with the city, retired in January 2011 after 32 years with the force and was later rehired as a humane officer.

As word of shootings made its way around social media Monday night, the Facebook page for the North Ridgeville police got bombarded with angry comments, and the police chose to take it down.

“While we understand that emotions run high in this type of incident (but) we absolutely will not tolerate any threats made toward ANYONE on our page,” the police posting said.

“We are firm believers in everyone having their right to express their opinions about what we do, even dissenting, but they must maintain a level of common decency,” the posting continued.

City Hall also was fielding quite a few calls Tuesday about the incident.

Landon said the SPCA understands there are situations in which police, dog wardens or humane officers must act if they are faced with a violent, attacking or badly injured animal.

“If an officer is being charged or there is an animal hit by a car that is suffering greatly, then they must act,” Landon said.

Monday’s shootings are in stark contrast to an incident in April of this year in which Accorti found and saved an orphaned baby great horned owl in North Ridgeville’s South Central Park.

The young bird had apparently tumbled from its nest but was too young to fly away. Accorti found the bird near the park’s playground equipment.

The baby owl was found to be healthy and uninjured when examined by wildlife rehabilitation staff at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center in Bay Village and was later returned to the park.

Freeman did say he planned to talk with Accorti and other humane officers “about improving their communications with the public.”

Karen Minton, Ohio director of the Humane Society of the United States, said “it is hard to fathom any circumstance where fatally shooting young kittens is necessary or justified.”

The society has offered to help the city’s police with what it said should be required training of police and humane officers “to avoid incidents like this one,” Minton said.

“We are hopeful they will take us up on that offer,” Minton said.

The family involved in the cat shootings wants to remain anonymous, according to Landon.

“They are very traumatized by this, and they are trying to work through the Police Department,” Landon said. “They feel the department is being supportive and is on their side.”

The incident sparked a torrent of mostly outraged respondents to the Ohio SPCA Facebook page. Most called for Accorti’s immediate firing and charges being brought against him.

Pooch Patrol walk

Lorain Pooch Patrol will be having a walk 8:30 this morning starting at the North Ridgeville Library. You can find more about the Lorain Pooch Patrol on Facebook.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.

  • Feral Kittens Need to Die

    I for one am glad. These disease carrying creatures dig in my trash all the time.

    They should have set the borough on fire to make sure they got all of them, and so they cant breed there any more.

    According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are more than 70 million feral and stray cats roaming the streets. Because stray cats often carry dangerous diseases, the best thing that you can do to protect your is call someone to shoot them all.

    County Public Health Director Karen Levison said last year there were 591 animal bite cases in the county, and of the cases tested for rabies, there were 12 positive tests. These creatures need to be dealt with.

    • Larry Crnobrnja

      You can’t quote the Humane Society when you are calling for setting cats on fire. Are you an idiot or just a moron?

    • Joe Smith

      Humans do more damage to this earth than cats do, I guess we all should be shot too according to your logic?

      • Cat lover

        You are a fricking moron! We need to eliminate people like you!

        • Cat lover

          Not referring to you Joe Smith, the d-bag above calling themself Feral kittens need to die

          • Joe Smith

            LOL I was hoping so HA

          • sueishere

            I know. She has mental problems saying the kittens should be burned to death.

        • Gina Swindell

          Well said!

      • Zen Grouch

        Let’s not be too hasty and throw out the baby with the bath water…

        Maybe we could start small and just shoot the meth heads for starters. …tell me THAT wouldn’t cut down on the stench right away.

    • Cat lover

      You are a fricking moron! We need to eliminate people like you!

    • Liane T

      Put your trash in a can and put a lid on it!!!! While you are at it, you can just go out with the garbage to. Ignorance like yours is horrendous. You can’t live anywhere on this planet without having to live with other creatures but the most dangerous of them all, is minds like yours!!!!

      • sueishere

        She has mental problems.

        • Liane T

          Clearly.

    • hottamomma

      you r absolutely right. and if one there kids or grandkids wouldve caught a diease from the animals then they would be wondering y didnt they kill them

      • Larry Crnobrnja

        Serious question, are you smarter than a 5th grader?

        • hottamomma

          is your mother

          • Gina Swindell

            OMG…..good one, really? I hope you’re young- then maybe this is a good comeback. Why is it so hard for people to have logical, educated posts? Your mother…..honestly?

          • hottamomma

            was that between larry and hottamomma? didnt your mom tell u to stay out of peoples fueds? u just had to put ur 2 cent in. this is not a school post so y does it have to be educated? some people have mental disabilities, and u talk about them? some kindve person u r

          • Gina Swindell

            Interesting that you think I should know you have a
            disability…..If this is true you should be nice too. Talking about someone’s mom in a derogatory way isn’t very nice. Take some of your own advice and we’ll
            both be better off.

            Good day!~

          • hottamomma

            u just took the bait. i just wanted to prove you dont give a damn about a human thats all. so u can go burn with the cats. ha ha ha good day!

          • Gina Swindell

            I feel so bad that there are people like you in the world….Accorti….we have a feral cat and it’s named hottamomma….pretty please….pay it a visit!

          • hottamomma

            quit hating cause i put humans first. i want him to pay me a visit so i can throw him a party for a job well done! please pay me a visit acorti

          • Gina Swindell

            Ugh, what a moron. We’ve all paid you enough attention. I’m out!

          • hottamomma

            best thing u said all day

      • sueishere

        What disease??? They better keep their kids in then because lyme disease is really bad and it’s NOT from animals. Educate yourself!!!!

        • hottamomma

          @sueishere Feral cats do more damage than any of the naturally occurring animals that you mentioned. Feral cats are an invasive species. They kill over 530 million native birds and small animals each year. TNR programs do not curb that portion of their nuisance behavior. TNR programs also don’t help in their spreading of disease: feline leukemia, feline HIV, and rabies..now educate urself!

          • sueishere

            HAWKS are the biggest threat to the native birds. I feed birds and when there is a hawk around the birds either go to the bottom of the bush and squawk very loudly or if they can’t get to a bush they are noticeably quiet. Also crows and raccoons eat bird eggs. As far as killing small animals, again hawks do this. I have also seen my neighbor’s dog kill small animals. I have a cat that unless a mouse runs right up to her she won’t make an effort. Do humans get feline aids? Do humans get feline HIV? Do other animals get rabies? yep! What is urself????

          • hottamomma

            i say kill all the feral cats. i say humans r more important than animals. and if its alright for a hawk to kill small animals, then its ok for that officer to kill small animals tooo, i bet u wasnt saying anything about ur ancestors killing all the indians and taking their land, oh i forgot u dont care about humans

          • sueishere

            My ancestors DIDN’T kill the Native Americans, weren’t even in the country until the 40′s. The people I know that care about animals, care about humans too. I donate blood. Do you?? I volunteer to help people. Do you? I donate money for the hungry. Do you? Now you bore me. I won’t answer anymore of your made up worded posts.

          • hottamomma

            i donate and i volunteer at homeless shelters do u? i dont just donate i give my time

          • mkpatterson1

            Most volunteers do give time, I do

          • Cat lover

            omg go back to school

          • hottamomma

            after u get ur high school diploma first

          • NOTanidiot

            Spaying & neutering reduce the number of feral cats. You, Ms. NOT-hottamomma, should be spayed so you don’t reproduce more idiots like yourself.

          • mkpatterson1

            YOU are the one that needs educating, how sad you are.

          • hottamomma

            u r the sad one, look whos crying over some diseased animal. boooowhooo

          • mkpatterson1

            AGAIN spouting off and twisting the facts.

      • Bob Sweatt

        It’s funny how when you don’t believe in what other people think or don’t conform to their way of thinking. They begin to attack your intelligence and/or education.

        The cats are dead. The officer will never be fired. So just move on all this back and forth isn’t going to change what happened.

      • mkpatterson1

        See my reply above, it pertains here to you too

      • mkpatterson1

        Diseases are transmitted more person to person, hmmm like VD.

        • hottamomma

          thats right, so we dont animals adding to it

    • sueishere

      I can’t believe you could be so heartless to say they should be set on fire. What is wrong with you? Give the information of the last time anyone has died from a stray cat. I have tamed feral cats, it takes about two weeks. I thank the good Lord you’re not my neighbor!!! Who did you learn that from? Your parents? 12 positive tests from what animal???? Is Karen in Lorain County? What’s her number???

      • animalshaverightstoo

        She/ IT is only posting this crap to stir people up, Sue. Don’t give her/ IT the satisfaction of replying. She/ IT needs to be ‘fixed’ so as not to reproduce any more idiots.
        Oh… and just incase she comes by with the “high school diploma” crap… I have mine, as well as 2 college degrees, and I have been in animal rescue for over 20 years. NOT ONE single rescue organization, or rescuer, would advocate killing feral cats. Their colonies are beneficial when properly maintained.

    • A1

      People like YOU are the disease carrying pieces of shit that need to be destroyed. Stupid people like you don’t get an opinion.

    • mkpatterson1

      First “Feral Kittens Need to Die”, YOU need to educate yourself a bit. SECOND, YOU HAVE MISS QUOTED the Humane Society and just twisting words to suit your twisted ILL FOUNDED BELIEFS.
      Third, I BLAME THE HOME OWNER, she knew the kittens and cat was going to be euthanized, SHE knew it, so NOW her children KNOW the reality of the situation. SPAY/Neuter the momma cat right away, and who is to say the momma cat is feral, but a result of irresponsible people, LIKE the home owner, who do not SPAY and Neuter, nor lift a finger to help with TNR! WHY did she NOT go ahead and call the SPCA right away BEFORE THIS INCIDENT? I blame the homeowner and SHE too should be charged with cruelty, for NOT calling the SPCA right away, AND allowing this cat to even have the kittens and not contacting someone to TNR the cat. THAT would have been the correct way to teach her children. Well, NOW the kids know the reality of irresponsible people like their mom and dad, Mandatory spay/neuter AND any sales of pet shops or private should be mandated to spay/neuter before the sale. These kittens need NOT have died in vain. This is not about the enforcement but about the law and allowing the cats and dogs to be sold/pimped for a buck.
      SO How About Getting Off YOUR A$$ AND help change some laws so that the CATS and DOGS and… Will be fixed and up to date on shots and this would NOT have even been a discussion.

  • bret959

    I agree they did the right thing .Animal control did the right thing . Good job.

    • Larry Crnobrnja

      You believe firing a weapon in a public space is appropriate when nobody’s life is in immediate danger? Sir, you are either a fool or a troll.

      • Zen Grouch

        He may be a fool or a troll, or maybe both…

        …but I’ll bet he knows the difference in a “Public Space” and “Private Property.”

        • Larry Crnobrnja

          You might want to look up the definition of public space, it is quite broad. Do kids ever walk in your yard?

          • Zen Grouch

            My back yard is not a public space under any definition.

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            Go shoot a gun back there and see what happens.

          • Zen Grouch

            What’s your point?

            Are you suggesting that I’d garner less negative attention shooting rabid Norwegian rats in the ball pit at a Chuckie Cheese on a Saturday afternoon, than blowing away flea infested cats in my back yard?

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            My point is, your yard is basically a public space because you really aren’t free to do whatever you want there. But more importantly, this is the last time I will respond to your trolling. Have a great day.

          • Zen Grouch

            Well then…

            You can just ignore me while I’m barbequing tasty burgers and sucking on a Budweiser in your back yard this Saturday.

    • Cat lover

      they didn’t do the right thing. The humane officer didn’t even check to see if anyone could take them. If they had let someone know that they needed a home or they would be euthanized I assure you they would have been saved.

    • animal lover

      good job shooting kittens? are you a freak?

    • sueishere

      The kittens were probably huddled together when he shot them. They probably didn’t weigh much more than a pound. If they had been that feral, they would have run when the first shot went off. I am glad I don’t live by a heartless person like you.

      • Melonie Reazor Houske

        If they were truly feral they would have ran immediately. If they were between 8 and 10 weeks old and feral he’d have never gotten near them and they wouldn’t have sat there waiting to be shot when he uncovered them.

  • Erasethegrey

    You two people have no soul. You should be ashamed. There are better ways of handling the situation. The kittens could of went to a kill free shelter or to a good home. You are discussing poor excuses of human beings. Killing innocent kittens isn’t the answer.

    • hottamomma

      yes there r better ways to handle the situation, but in every situation there is always a better way, its to late now he handled it the best way he knew how at the moment, im sure he learned his lesson and wont do it again(in front of people)

      • Larry Crnobrnja

        Is English a second language for you?

        • hottamomma

          no but i see it is for u

      • osacar

        No he didn’t, Officers like that don’t ever learn, but he will get worse and the next time it could be a young chilld..

        • jz

          Next time a young child? Wow!

  • Roxanne

    So can I off a few ppl that I feel are a danger to society?

    • animalshaverightstoo

      If the answer is yes, let’s start with the 2 morons on this page, please!

    • Bob Sweatt

      Sure feel free to do just that if you have the balls. Because apparently you hold the life of an animal higher then that of a human.

  • Goddard Law

    This is a pure cover up and the city does not want to get in trouble they should of called the APL they could of helped out if we had the Goddard Law in place I am sure this Humane officer would of handled this differently. If it was a civilian that did this they would be up on charges and this called Humane ofiicer should be up on charges!

    • ZapTheSheep

      Even your precious Goddard’s Law wouldn’t cover this. Look at the Ohio Revised Code. It does not cover shooting to kill nuisance feral animals. it covers shooting to maim or torture. It covers ‘pets’ and domesticated animals. This officer was in the right.

      • sueishere

        It takes about two weeks to tame feral cats. I have done it….

    • sueishere

      “Humane” is not what I would call him…

  • Barbara E. Brandau

    I am outraged (although not surprised) at the actions of Officer Accorti and the support he received from Police Chief Freeman in North Ridgeville. As a resident of this town I think this is only the “tip of the iceberg” and that this type of attitude is supported and upheal
    d by the Mayor and all the City Government. I hope the other citizens of North Ridgeville get clue and vote the Mayor and all his cronies out! Even if these animals need to be euthanized this was NOT the way to handle it!

  • Mark

    Spaying and neutering are important. I had 4 strays and a mother cat that my neighbor was responsible for. His cats were breeding out of control. It’s the fault of irresponsible owners.

    Instead of shooting the kittens and mom that came onto my property. I fed them and gained their trust over a 3 week period of time. Put out a free kitten sign out and two were taken within 8 hours of the sign going up. It would have taken a little time, compassion and a responsible caring adult. Had they just taken a little time away from face book and stepped up to the calling from 5 innocent little kittens and taken the smallest amount of action they could have all been placed in a loving home. They didn’t have to be blown away. Since gaining the trust of the mother I will get her fixed and release her back into the neighborhood where she can kill mice and rats. Though I wish the humane officer would come out and blow away the skunks , opossum’s, ground hogs, and raccoon’s on my property. You know the dangerous and property damaging ones.

    For general knowledge.

    The Friendship APL will accept animals, they have a no kill policy.Donate to them. They find homes for 10-15 animals a day regularly. Greg and his staff work very diligently to take care of our county’s lost, forgotten and neglected animals. There and many dedicated volunteers that work up their and sacrifice their personal time to care for all the animals. I was a friend of Officer Kerstetter and since his passing I donate to the Friendship APL on Murry Ridge road every chance I get in Jimmy’s name. If anyone would like to do the same in his memory you could really make a big difference to our needy animals and also honor Jimmy by helping out with the needs of our furry friends. You can drop off supplies and or money to help them keep up with the animals needs. Cash is used to by needed items, special food, medicines, and other things that are not donated to them.

    When the calling comes to be a man, be a man step up and do the right thing.

    • Larry Crnobrnja

      Spot on, Mark!

      • Mark

        Thank You Larry.

    • Cat lover

      Right on!

    • animallover

      You ROCK Mark….PEOPLE caused the outrageous number of feral cats, and PEOPLE need to set it right! Trapping neutering and releasing is the perfect way. I applaud you Mark, but hope you can rethink your views on the skunks, oposum, ground hogs and raccoons…they need a place to live too!…and with that comes their ways of life!

    • ZapTheSheep

      Feral cats do more damage than any of the naturally occurring animals that you mentioned. Feral cats are an invasive species. They kill over 530 million native birds and small animals each year. TNR programs do not curb that portion of their nuisance behavior. TNR programs also don’t help in their spreading of disease: feline leukemia, feline HIV, and rabies.

      • Liane T

        First, most TNR programs include a rabies vaccination. Secondly, if there truly is a feral pack, then they have created a niche and should be let free to carve out their own habitat just as any wild animal can and will. If they are spreading disease, its among themselves and survival of the fittest will prevail. If you are worried about your pet- keep it indoors. If your pet is allowed out, it too is among the cause in the statistics you provide. Cats may not be “native” but we humans are the reason they were domesticated in the first place. Your pet Fido would also be an invasive species but there is no worse invasive species than us!!!!!

      • hottamomma

        amen zapthesheep!

    • sueishere

      You’re a good person. I have fixed the strays that have come around my house. There is a cheaper spay and neuter program through the APL. I am so grateful that the good Lord has given me such good neighbors. There is no way I would want to live by some of the heartless people on here. They were BABIES, probably a pound or a little over.

  • plemdog

    who will protect them from the inhuman officer?

  • Bob Sweatt

    They’re cats. What’s the big deal?? If they posed a threat then they need to be put down.

    • Mark

      They were little kittens of no threat to anyone except a mouse or a bug.
      It was the fastest and easiest way for the guy to get the job done. They put aside right from wrong because of inconvenience and time.

      • hottamomma

        they couldve been a threat to children, to me children are more important then kittens. but i no its to most of u

        • sueishere

          How were they a threat???

          • hottamomma

            @sueishere Feral cats do more damage than any of the naturally occurring animals that you mentioned. Feral cats are an invasive species. They kill over 530 million native birds and small animals each year. TNR programs do not curb that portion of their nuisance behavior. TNR programs also don’t help in their spreading of disease: feline leukemia, feline HIV, and rabies..

        • Liane T

          If momma cat was being disturbed enough to feel the need to be aggressive, she more than likely would have moved her litter. I have not confirmed it, but apparently this family was feeding this cat…not exactly a case of being threatened. Besides, it wasn’t momma that was killed it was her kittens. As far as my kids being in danger- I teach them to RESPECT wild things. Give them their space and let them live!!!!!!

          • hottamomma

            yeah u can teach ur kids to respect the wild, but their brain is not fully developed and as soon as u blink ur eye they will be right over there rubbing on a feral cat and get rabies etc.

          • Liane T

            First of all, FERAL cats will not tolerate human interaction, hence the term FERAL!!! Secondly, for rabies to be transmitted, there has to be skin broken. Third, any mammal can carry rabies- cats, dogs, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, HUMANS. So do we shoot all wildlife???? Fourth, if I was concerned about the cat and her litter harming my child, I’d have my child(ren) play in another area of the yard. The animals move on all to soon- SMALL inconvenience. And as far as you bringing up what a child’s mind can comprehend and process, did you ever stop and think about how the kids who were nearby when this happened may be affected? Heck, my daughter cries when she steps on a bug, so I have NO idea how I would help her process hearing/seeing someone with a gun shoot kittens leaving a bloody mess behind!!!!

          • hottamomma

            wow u can count. tell the child that saw that, that its part of life and that they will see more, matter of fact they see more than that on tv and video games and the internet.. what do u tell ur child when they say, mommy y people keep food as animals, when other kids r dying and people care more for animals than they do starving children?. i got my opinon and u got urs. am for humans and u r for animals.

          • Liane T

            If you like your children growing up cold, heartless, self-centered with a blatant disregard for ANY life, that is on you. When the world turns its back on them, don’t wonder why. I will teach my children compassion, caring, kindness, love and respect for life!! I in NO way have valued human life any less for seeing the injustice and wrongfulness of this act. However, your petty narrow-mindedness and lack of grammar while attacking MY opinion yet standing on a soapbox boasting yours, make me seriously reconsider the level to which I should be valuing some human life.

          • hottamomma

            what the hell does grammer matter,? this isnt school. i can what i want, how i want, and spell it anyway i want.!. and just because something is wrong to u, doesnt mean its wrong, who r u? u r not god. r we suppose to listen to whatever u say? not. oh liane t said its wrong so it must be wrong, cause shes always right. (whatever). iwouldve took the kittens and kitten soup!

          • Liane T

            If you want to be taken seriously, know your facts, present your argument/opinion in a well thought out, organized manner that is comprehensible. Otherwise you are just another idiot babbling! PS. I KNOW (not “no”) I am not God (if you are going to refer to the almighty, you CAPITALIZE His name)!!!! Thank you proving my point.

          • Liane T

            When one wants to make an argument supporting ones opinion, it is customary and dignified to at least put together a logical, well thought out, factually and grammatically correct comprehensible statement. You lack any of the above and have shown yourself to lack any credibility because of it. That is not “my” way, but the way any self-respecting, eighth grade English class student would understand. P.S. I know ( NOT “no”) I’m not God (if you are going to refer to the Almighty, you CAPITALIZE His name)!!!!!!!! Thank you for proving my point so eloquently.

          • Cat lover

            Amen Liane!

          • Cat lover

            really??? there are worse diseases in this world than from a feral cat. Most diseases cats carry are not capable of being passed to humans. You have a better chance of catching aids or hepatitis from a human. No excuse.

          • hottamomma

            and a cat has 9 lives

        • Cat lover

          and nowhere did it say they were a threat to the children. Obviously the homeowner wanted to help them. That’s why she called the “HUMANE” officer. And that’s why it’s all over the media. If she wanted them dead she would have been thanking the idiot for what he did.

          • hottamomma

            if she wanted she wouldve said they were hers and kept them,. obviously it wasnt up to her!

          • Melonie Reazor Houske

            The article said he told her they were going to kitty heaven. She was fine with that…just apparently not sending them to heaven the way it happened.

    • Cat lover

      And whose opinion was it that they posed a threat?? Did you ever know a flea to kill people? So…if your family member poses a threat we should just put them down right??

      • Lou White

        You know, the bubonic plague was carried by fleas… just sayin’…

        • Larry Crnobrnja

          You are more likely to get shot by an unstable cop than you are of catching the plague. Just saying…

        • Bob Sweatt

          Well maybe not the plague. But there is West Nile, Aids, Hyp-c and other diseases like that. But I see where you are coming from

        • Liane T

          and antibiotics cure bubonic plague….. there was no justification for shooting these animals. NONE. Apparently, this family was feeding them so they didn’t feel threatened. The mom ran off. The kittens didn’t so they were either to little or to frightened. What about ANY of that makes them a THREAT???? just sayin’

      • Larry Crnobrnja

        “…is just about the dumbest thing I have ever seen posted on here.” – Bob Sweatt

        Sorry Bob, but your comments take the cake.

        • Bob Sweatt

          Now now Larry. Don’t take it out of context, put the whole statement up.
          “BUT MY GOD to compare a human to a dirty cat is just about the dumbest thing I have ever seen posted on here.”
          I know my grammar suck. But I am ok with that, so bite me.
          I don’t post on here to be grammatically correct. I post on here because I can.

      • sueishere

        You make me laugh. Did the good Lord save the people and kill only the animals in the flood??? Did our Father kill only the first born animals during the Passover, or did the humans did too? Oh and you can get fleas by just walking in the grass. I don’t know what disease fleas carry but I know ticks carry lyme disease and they don’t have to come from an animal either.

        • hottamomma

          god save the animals on the ark so people could have something to eat. so u r saying the officcer shouldve gave the kittens to the chinese restaurant. well if u look at it that way, at least a hungry child wouldve been fed

          • Cat lover

            OMG that is the dumbest response yet.

          • hottamomma

            yes remark was the dumbest, at least u already no that

          • Connie Falk

            Talking about cat soup, etc. Are you Korean or something? You don’t sound like you are really from a civilized country…….

        • Bob Sweatt

          Since you brought God into this thread.
          Doesn’t (according your religion) everything happen according to God’s will?? So with that said. then apparently God wanted these kittens dead.

      • hottamomma

        tell it like it is bob!!!!

      • Connie Falk

        Well, fleas can kill people……can carry bubonic plague and other diseases. Still have occasional cases out west every year.
        Also, it is people who have caused the feral cat problem by getting cats they only want for the moment, and then, in this throwaway society, not spaying/neutering them and abandoning them when they lose interest. I have adopted feral cats in the past and they can make wonderful pets. Feral cats are NOT truly wild. They are domestic cats that have temporarily reverted to the wild or born without human contact but they are not truly wild animals.
        And, it is not surprisingly this “humane” officer shot the cats. After all he was formerly a cop and we know most of them tend to be trigger happy when it comes to animals.

  • Mark

    If you are sickened by what happened. Get your pets fixed. Catch strays and get them fixed. Donate money to organizations the do spay or neuter animals.

    This place has the cheapest price I have found to have an animal spayed or neutered. I took in two strays last year it cost me $118 total price for a male and female and 6 pain medications 3 for each.

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    • Cat lover

      Mark, I agree 100%. I have taken all of my pets there. I hope nobody ever calls the inhumane officer there again!!!! Shame on you Mike Freeman and Accorti!!!

  • Cat lover

    very ashamed. Will never attend anything in NR again.

  • Lord Anoobis

    Let’s not forget that Freeman’s wife was picked up for shoplifting a few months ago. Oh, how I laughed when that happened. Here’s another black eye for Freeman. It couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.

    I’ve met Accorti a few times and he certainly isn’t anyone I’d like to mess. Shooting the kittens does like a rather extreme way to deal with the problem. Why not trap the kittens and take them to a shelter? Alligators and snakes can get relocated, but I guess kittens are entirely too dangerous for that.

    Ridgeville has a reputation of being a town where the cops are, uh, ‘tough’ (putting it nicely). They apparently want to keep out the animal riff raff, too.

  • Bob Sweatt

    it’s funny. How all of you against this officer doing what he did, aren’t saying “I would have taken the kitten” No you are saying take them to a shelter or the APL.
    Get over yourselves. They are stray cats or kittens. If you aren willing to taken them yourself. Then don’t question what this officer did.
    BTW. to this officer. I have a few strays running around my neighborhood if you want some target practice. LOL

    • Mark

      Well my self I’m complaining, I have 4 strays I’ve taken in. Right now I’m saving a mother and her 4 kittens. by feeding them befriending them found homes for two of the four kittens. The mother is going to be fixed and re released into the same neighborhood. So just because someone is not saying they will take one doesn’t mean we don’t care about them and or don’t have the right to state and opinion on them. Just because you can’t or won’t take a pet doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t care about them. The point is someone would have if any effort was given towards an alternative way of solving the problem.

      • Bob Sweatt

        First I never said you couldn’t state your opinion. You have the same freedom of speech I have. Stop making me look like a bad guy because I don’t agree with your tree hugging hippie views.
        Second, “Released back into the neighborhood”. What is this National Geographic?? You are going to put a cat back on the street?? WTF. Why not give it to a good home or take it to the APL or keep it yourself?? I hope after you release that cat you see it dead on the side of the road.

        • Larry Crnobrnja

          I’m most certainly NOT a “tree hugging hippie”. What this officer did was inexcusable; firing his weapon in a public space when nobody’s life was in immediate peril. And the failure of this police chief to properly handle the situation is evidence of his incompetence.

          Go ahead and argue all you want about the value of feral cats, but that doesn’t change the fact that the City of North Ridgeville has a renegade officer and a poor excuse for a chief.

          (By the way, we have two rescued former-feral house cats.)

          • Bob Sweatt

            Ok wait I have to stop laughing from you calling an officer who shot 5 kittens a Renegade.

            OMG that has to be the funniest thing I have read on here all day. Thanks for the laugh.

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            Yo, clown. It’s not about shooting five kittens (though only a person unable to get an erection would think of doing it), it’s about firing a weapon in an open area when there is NO imminent danger to them or anyone else.

            So go take your Viagra and have fun with yourself.

        • sueishere

          What’s the matter with you? Do you have anger problems to be so hateful? I used to be a tree hugger but since I was called names when I asked my neighbor to quit putting his used motor oil into the creek, not anymore. I don’t care if anyone pollutes, I don’t recycle, your kids can live with our mess…

        • hottamomma

          amen

        • hottamomma

          we need more officers like that, to put humans before animals

        • Melonie Reazor Houske

          Stop making you look like the bad guy????? You did that all by yourself with that last sentence.

      • sueishere

        My sister too. She has tamed a feral cat that had 5 kittens and will have all of them fixed. My cousin is taking 1 and my sister will keep the others.

    • sueishere

      You’re evil!

      • Bob Sweatt

        I’m evil?? Why because I speak my mind?? You do realize we are talking about cats right??

        You want to talk about evil. Talk to the guy who spent $118.00 on getting two cats neutered then sent them back out on the street were they could be run over or starve to death. Yeah I’m evil.

        How about we spend $118.00 on a homeless shelter. Maybe help out a family, instead of killing unborn baby kittens. Because (and I am not pro-life or pro-choice) you are taking away the cats right to have babies. But again we are talking about cats not humans.

        And in comment to your post below. “Religions are like a penis. Everyone might have one. But please don’t shove it down my throat”

        • hottamomma

          lol lol lol lol lol . my man! that is absolutely right, spending all that money on an animal when their is humans starving

          • Cat lover

            once again, learn some grammar. When is the last time you donated to a homeless shelter? We’re probly supporting you

          • hottamomma

            when was the last u volunteered at a homeless shelter? i volunteer twice a month

          • hottamomma

            humans made grammer, god said come as u r

          • hottamomma

            and no u r not supporting, my household makes 150,000.00 yrly. im sure im suporting ur ass

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            I am LMAO at you.

        • sueishere

          You’re right and I am so thankful I have good neighbors.

        • Cat lover

          I can’t even respond to your dumb remarks anymore.

        • Mark

          I still have the two cats I had fixed for 118 dollars, they eat as much as they want and they don’t breed anymore neither should you. So in your opinion leave the cats to breed more cats and do nothing about them. Or get them fixed put them back where they were doing fine and leave things be. At least something is being done other than blowing off hot air which does nothing.

          And people can take care of themselves animals don’t have a choice. So before i help some lazy slob i’ll take care of an innocent animal.

    • sueishere

      Oh and if someone had said, “Hey if someone doesn’t take these kittens, a big fat “humane” officer is going to shoot all of them.” I don’t think anyone said that….

    • Cat lover

      on the original facebook post i said I would have taken the kittens and found them good homes.

  • J Roberts

    I would be very worried with gun happy cops in my town. They fact that they were baby kittens makes it much worse. Gun happy to me!

  • hottamomma

    if his boss said he did nothing wrong then leave it alone. he did what he felt was right and thats his job, not ours! if u people didnt want that to happen then you all shouldve gotten the kittens. great job freeman. and anyone who threaten him, the police outta press charges on them for threatening him! if you think he did wrong and threatened him then u r wrong also, 2 wrongs dont make a right. freeman you did your job and dont let no one who isnt in your career tell you different.

    • Cat lover

      i guarantee someone would have gotten them if they would have asked.

  • hottamomma

    he couldve did worse and gave him to the chinese

    • Cat lover

      learn some grammar

  • maxdaisy

    feral cats are meam and vicious and should be destroyed.i saw a feral kitten kill another kitten and try to eat it gross

    • Cat lover

      yeah, these don’t sound like they were mean and vicious

  • maxdaisy

    my mother lives in elyria and it is over run with stray cats and dogs

    • Cat lover

      overrun??? Really? Hmmm I live in Elyria, don’t see that problem at all.

    • Debbie Zsigray

      maxdaisy , I live in Elyria, and I do not see any problem at al with stray cats and dogs. I know you are wrong.the only problem that we have in Elyria is speeding, drugs, robbery and some others just to name a few.

  • sueishere

    I am 58 and have been around cats since I was a child. In order for him to shoot all kittens like that they were either (1) huddled together, (2) friendly, or (3) couldn’t walk good yet. Feral kittens would have hidden in the wood pile when the first shot was fired. If I lived in NR I’d demand they use my taxes for a better use.

  • linda

    why wernt they trapped with a humane trap. i hope the public doesnt follow this example of north ridgevilles HUMANE OFFICER……so cruel , makes me want to throw up.

    • Zen Grouch

      How many man hours and public dollars do you believe it would take to catch several 10 month old feral cats with a humane trap?

      Sure, the first one would be no problem…

      Then maybe there might be one that’s not too bright who would stumble into the trap after watching his sibling bash it’s brains out trying to get out of that same wire box.

      But the last 3 would take a while…

      …unless you just give up on a stupid idea and shoot ‘em on the spot, like you should have done in the first place.

      • Larry Crnobrnja

        I caught eight(8) of them in one single evening.

        Makes your argument kind of silly, doesn’t it.

        • Zen Grouch

          You caught 8 ten month old cats in one evening?

          Well then… obviously your calling is in working for the gobment!

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            By most accounts, the kittens in North Ridgeville were 8 to 10 weeks old. The eight I caught varied in age from the mother, two year old kittens and five about 6 weeks old.

            I used three live traps, it wasn’t hard at all.

          • Zen Grouch

            According to a quote in the Morning Journal the cats were about 10 MONTHS old. By that age, they’re street smart enough to avoid a trap that one of their siblings was recently yowling and thrashing about in.

            But yeah… if they were 10 WEEKS old, they would have been way easier to catch, and much more difficult to drop on the first shot.

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            Only the Morning Journal reported 10 months. Every other source said 8 to 10 weeks.

          • Zen Grouch

            Actually, after reading all of the stories on the subject available in the online Chronicle, I see that the ages of the kittens weren’t reported at all.

            Now… the woman who called the authorities on the kittens complained that they were a health hazard, spreading fleas into her home, depositing dead animals in her yard, and causing a literal stink.

            This sounds like the work of 10 month old cats, not 8 to 10 week old kittens who pretty much don’t leave the litter, and certainly don’t hunt down animals whose carcasses would be large enough to become a nuisance.

            Unless these tiny kittens were out there hunting down flea infested stink beetles.

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            I assure you that you either misread the earlier articles or you didn’t find all of them.

          • Zen Grouch

            I read 4 articles on this site and they all have titles.

            Maybe you can tell me which ones age the cats at 8 to 10 weeks?

          • Larry Crnobrnja
      • Cat lover

        Zen, its easier than you think. And nobody asked you to do it. there are people who would do it for free. So I don’t think it would have taken ANY man hours. They don’t sound feral if they were that close to the house and the owner was able to feed them. I’m sure they could have been removed humanely with no problem.

        • Zen Grouch

          Well… if you say so, it must be true then.

          Now how ’bout you round up these people who are willing work for free and make themselves known to the local authorities, to be called upon when their skills are needed?

          • mark

            They are called the Friendship APL

          • Zen Grouch

            Hey! Don’t tell me…

            Tell them gun slingin’ kitty killers.

            If there is a group of people willing to round up the strays for free, the authorities need to know about it.

  • even steven

    I’m not friends with Officer Acorti but I have been to his home before. He has pets of his own that are very well cared for and you could see he had a deep admiration for. I doubt this was done out of maliciousness or for fun. You don’t survive in police work for 32 years if you have a wild streak ifou and just want to destroy things. Nobody commenting here was there to witness the situation or knows why the decision was made so judging his actions wouldn’t be appropriate. The article does say he discussed it with the homeowner and they were in agreement with the officers recommendation they were just not clear it would happen at the residence.

  • Zen Grouch

    When I was a kid in the ’60s in Lorain, one of the best ways to spend the day was to hike the woods on the east side of the Black River, near the dump.

    Plenty of wildlife, from deer, hawks, crows and plenty of song birds.

    Years later after returning to Lorain, one of the first things I did was to hit the railroad tracks into the woods, to see some really sad desolation. The trees were still there, but with the exception of what seemed like hundreds of feral cats probably living off of baby birds and other helpless, yet tasty critter babies, there was nothing but silence. I had more wildlife in my yard.

  • alleyoops

    This is so disturbing. What kind of person shoots defenseless kittens? What kind of person defends that action? Scary world we live in today. We need to do a better job of (1) being responsible pet owners so companion animals don’t end up living in the wild, fending for themselves (2) adopt pets – put the puppy mills and overbreeding brokers out of business (3) support humane initiatives such as trapping/spay & neuter/release programs (4) financially support or volunteer your time with an animal rescue organization. Shooting defenseless kittens was not humane or necessary. Compassionate, thinking people would never support this decision.

  • Zen Grouch

    I know it’s in the backs of everyone’s mind, but I’ll be the first to say it…

    Those cats were gunned down just because they were Black.

  • Naomi Kropp

    i wonder if people would be so outraged if this was a bunch of baby groundhogs!! get over the cats people!!

  • Morningwood Detective

    I’m so glad that the officer chose to show mercy to the owl
    Who lives, who dies? It’s up to him to decide
    Whenever you shoot a gun outside a controlled range, your taking a chance. But Chief Freeman apparently is OK with that
    Both of these badge-carrying bozos need to go.
    Somewhere, Barney Fife feels vindicated…

  • hohum

    WTF? Everyone know Ridgeville cops are overly aggressive, but this is a little bit nuts.

  • Don Grantzki

    Given a choice of the sensible way or the quickest, Accorti nearly always chose the latter when he was with NRPD. Who would expect him to change his mode of operation?

  • Karen Engell

    What about safety? Why would you fire shots in a residential area 10 feet from a home unnecessarily? If not on the ground of cruelty, this guy needs punished for putting people in danger.

  • Bob Sweatt

    Ok just saw the story on the Fox 8 app. This one boggles my mind. Someone said, instead of shooting the kittens. The officer should have taken them to the vet to have them put down. OMG WTF. What is the difference. Dead is dead.

    There are far more important things to worry about these days then the shooting of 5 flea infested cats.

  • Sailaday

    I think if this homeowner piled the wood neatly the feral cats would not be an issue. I would not want to live next door to the hill of wood they have in their back yard. There’s probably more than cats living in that pile of wood!

  • Law Abiding Citizen

    The fact for me isn’t so much that the kittens were killed its the fact that children were able to hear the gun shots so in that aspect I believe that there should be charges put against him in the lines of discharging a firearm within city limits. Excuse me but if I shot a dog that was attacking a child I would be charged with firing a weapon I don’t think a cat or kittens can put a grown adults life in danger.

  • Magesteff

    The shootings should not have happened at the house. The cats and kittens should have been trapped and taken to Animal Care and control where they could be humanely Euthanized if there was no room to add the cats to the Shelter population. As it is the mother cat has run off and will become pregnant again and have yet another litter of kittens, so the Police Officer did not solve the main issue which is reducing the number of feral and stray animals on the street. If they had gone to Animal Care and Control the mother cat would either be Euthanized humanely or spayed so that she could not produce future litters.

  • mkpatterson1

    Thank God it does not revolve around you either! The homeowner was wrong, needs to be charged with the officer, and thank you for confirming my Suspicions of a voided personality disorder! :-)

    • hottamomma

      i never said it did thank u! and i have no more of a disorder than those cats. ha ha ha

  • Amedeus

    The Nazis would be proud of him

  • Andrew

    Wow…I was thinking about buying a house in North Ridgeville…but after reading these comments, no thanks. The house was nice, but I don’t want to have to install security bars on my front windows to keep the inbred mutants out from trying to get to my two cats after the sun goes down. Carry on, hillbillies.

  • http://PricesKarate.com/ DavePrice

    He should of trapped them. Taken them away and decided.