April 23, 2014

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Animal rights groups, others rally for dismissal of humane officer

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — About 20 people protested the killing of five kittens by North Ridgeville Humane Officer Barry Accorti early Wednesday morning as they walked with signs in front of the police station, city library and past the heavily traveled intersection of Avon-Belden and Center Ridge roads.

The rally was organized by Lorain Pooch Patrol, a group that advocates for abused animals, in response to Monday’s killing.

Group members also plan to attend Monday’s City Council meeting to demand Accorti’s dismissal, according to member Kelly Smick.

“We want to continue to speak out about the injustice being done,” Smick said. “What this officer did was totally out of line. I have been in (animal) rescue for over 30 years and have never, ever come across such ignorance in an animal control or humane officer.”

Smick said petitions also are being circulated to gain signatures in support of disciplinary action being taken against Accorti.

Lorain Pooch Patrol has taken part in other animal rights protests, including those for Herbie, a much-publicized Lorain pit bull that died of cancer in March after battling severe abuse.

“No humane organization would recommend non-threatening animals be shot as a method of euthanasia,” Smick said. “The use of gunshots should only be allowed when an animal is attacking or injured seriously enough that ending suffering must be immediate. Eight- to 10-week-old kittens pose no threat to anyone.”

Even in instances in which animals are to euthanized, such measures should be taken at shelters, Smick said.

“He did this in front of little children,” Smick said. “It’s horrific.”

Similar situations

When area police departments need help with stray, ill or aggressive animals, most rely on county dog wardens or their own officers.

That was the consensus of law enforcement agencies surveyed in the wake of Monday’s controversial shooting of five feral kittens by a North Ridgeville police humane officer.

Calls to North Ridgeville police seeking information regarding the department’s humane officer training and policies were not returned Wednesday.

In Avon, an animal control officer is used to handle some animal complaints, according to Police Chief Richard Bosley, who said the part-time employee is a civilian rather than sworn police officer.

“The vast majority of calls are handled by sworn officers,” Bosley said. “If an animal is seen as posing a danger to police or the public, or is sick or seriously hurt, police use their discretion as to whether to put it out of its misery. Our officers are authorized to destroy animals in such situations.”

While Avon police have that option, they try to apply what Bosley termed a “no-kill policy” in most cases.

Dogs and cats are taken to a local kennel for up to three days while efforts are made to identify and locate owners.

If no owner is found, animals are turned over to Love-A-Stray, a local volunteer group that works to find homes for them.

“There’s a lot of subjectivity involved,” Bosley said. “Officers have to make some difficult decisions sometimes, and they use their best discretion.”

Elyria had a humane officer in the past but the job was eliminated some years ago as a budget-cutting measure,
according to Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino.

“We rely pretty heavily on the county dog warden now,” Costantino said.

Elyria police look to County Dog Warden Jack Szlempa for what Costantino termed “strong direction” in handling incidents involving lost, injured or loose animals.

“Officers are given discretion in instances in which a dog is charging an officer or it is felt an officer or anyone is in danger,” Costantino said. “They do what they need to do to keep themselves and others safe.”

Szlempa is responsible for handling complaints and incidents involving dogs in Elyria, Lorain and all 18 of the county’s townships.

The office does not respond to calls involving cats.

“Cats are a real gray area for us,” Szlempa said. “There’s not much regulation for them.”

Szlempa’s office does not have or use firearms, instead relying on other means to trap and retrieve dogs, which are then taken to the pound.

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

  • Learn from other Countries!

    MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The plaintive meows haunt the people of Minsk in the dead of night.

    They come, activists say, from hundreds of stray cats who find themselves locked in basements by Belarus authorities — and doomed to starvation.

    City authorities have been sealing off apartment block basements to keep out rats. A tragic consequence is that cats get trapped inside, left to waste away.

    “My heart aches to hear how the animals, whom they have walled up, are screaming day and night,” said 72-year-old Antonina Gayenko, a retiree who was feeding some cats through small holes in the iron plates used to board up the basements.

    “They have doomed them to death from thirst and hunger.”

    Elena Titova, leader of the animal rights group Protect Life, says the authoritarian ex-Soviet nation has no long-term shelters to house stray animals. She estimated that about 9,000 strays have been killed in the capital alone over the past three years.

    “Killing the animals with impunity has become a government policy,” Titova said Monday. “This barbarian policy can be described as ‘No animal, no problem.’ They find it easier to kill them as they don’t have to build shelters.”

    City authorities say they must block off the basements of apartment buildings in line with Soviet-era health rules.

    “Cats and residents will scream for a while and then they will calm down,” said Alexander Yubkov, a city worker who has welded iron covers on basement windows.

    Ohio needs to adopt this policy.

    • Rodney

      Why don’t YOU just starve to death you pathetic sub-human piece of $%#@bdb113f0963ebb6412ae4e8851bbcb0d:disqus

  • hottamomma

    if his boss says he done nothing wrong then drop it. dont worry humane officer, they will get over it, next week someone will have shooting practice with a dog and then they( the people that have nothing better to do)be on that person

    • Frank in Elyria

      Here’s the truth. Cats are creatures that often carry a number of diseases that can cause death in humans. Did you understand that Cat lovers? I’ll say it again, because you are probably a carrier of Toxoplasmosis, which has been discovered to not only kill the unborn babies of humans when transmitted to the pregnant mother through cat faeces, but also has the potential to change your brain structure, affecting your thought process and reaction to external events. Cats are creatures that often carry a number of diseases that can cause death in humans. In most states and territories in civilised countries, it is illegal to let your pet roam at large. If a dog owner lets his/her dog roam at large, and it causes the death or mauling of a human, the owner can be fined or even jailed for manslaughter. So why is it that you think it is ok to let your pet cat out, where despite your insistence to the contrary, itdoes indeed go into other people’s properties, spreading disease that can cause death. Here’s another fact for you Cat lovers. There is an enzyme in cat saliva that causes extreme allergic reactions in susceptible human beings. Allergic reactions can range from skin rashes, itching sore throat and eustachian tubes, chronically inflamed tonsils, right through to severe asthma and even anaphylactic shock, i.e. death. All cats lick themselves, thus spreading this enzyme to their fur, which sheds, blows on the wind, and travels into neighbouring properties, where allergy sufferers are at risk of chronic illness or death, in their own back yard. Cats are cunning predatory animals, capable of jumping fences, moving silently, and yes, decimating native populations of birds and other unfortunate creatures. It is quite hypocritical that people find it ok and normal to kill other pest animals, with poison and other inhumane methods, yet, this common pest is left to roam at large, making many humans sick or unhappy. If Cat lovers refuse to keep their pet indoors, and councils refuse to deal with the problem, then it is morally unethical for the person who deals with the cat problem to be punished for simply defending their right to be healthy and happy people enjoying the outdoors on their own property. I am not a psychopath, I do not lack empathy,(like those strange and sick in the head Cat owners that let their pets roam free) I love all animals, and……any cat that enters my fully fenced property is trapped, tortured, and killed. No exception, my health will not allow it!

      • hottamomma

        wow frank i didnt know all of that, thats probably what all these cat lovers got, toxoplasmosis. thanks for the lesson,. hope the humane officer can keep his job,and i hope more people read your post

        • Pam Whiteside

          Do you believe everything you read without checking out its truth? I hope anyone who reads this persons post takes the time to look up the facts on the internet, unlike you.

          • hottamomma

            ha ha ha

          • Pam Whiteside

            waste of good skin, much

          • hottamomma

            a ha ha ha

          • sueishere

            Trust me, they don’t…

      • Joe Smith

        Anybody here know of a single person killed by a cat?

        I have know hundreds maybe over a thousand people in my lifetime.

        I travel so much that I only get home about 4 days a month for the last 17 years and talk to different people constantly yet not one time that a cat was discussed as what a person died from.

        And even so, there are better ways of taking care of it that shooting them there on the spot with children around

        • Phil Blank

          Yes, but the cat was in Africa!

          • sueishere

            Big cat, or little cat?

      • Innes

        Wow, trapped, TORTURED, and killed…….”not a psychopath” Bwahahahahahaaaa!!!!!

        • sissy700

          ‘DITTO’…Innes, I Agree!!!!!

        • sueishere

          Yet these same people swear they love other people. I find that hard to believe. You have to have a heart first.

      • JustJenn142

        If you are advocating the torture of animal, any animal, you are not an animal lover. Torturing an animal that wanders onto your property does NOTHING to deter other animals from coming onto your property. It is nothing more then for your own sick amusement. You need to be investigated.

      • Rodney

        Frank, you are a pile of stinking excrement and a pathetic waste of oxygen. if God would grant me the good fortune of ever meeting you, I would take great pleasure in blowing your F$%#^&% head off.

        • Bob Sweatt

          @ Rodney Dude I really hope the FBI has a wiretap or something on you. You need to be investigated more the NRPD does.

          Frank if I were you I would report Mr. Rodney to your local law enforcement.

          • Rodney

            Oh! Oh! Oh! I’m just quakein’ in my boots Bob.

            Kilo Mike Alpha you pinche pendejo

          • Guest

            So you have no other come back other then to insult and threaten people. OH Big man. you are so cool.

            And the military reference is suppose to impress me or make me sacred??

            I’m an Navy veteran myself. Go Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo yourself.

          • Bob Sweatt

            So you have no other come back other then to insult and threaten people. OH Big man. you are so cool.

            And the military reference is suppose to impress me or make me scared??

            I’m an Navy veteran myself. Go Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo yourself.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1762437349 Melissa Merrill Snyder

        trapped, TORTURED, and killed? Wow. nice.
        I’ve been bitten by cats and still alive to tell about it. I just get antibiotics to clear up the infection. I’ve been guardian for 6 cats, fostered at least 20 so far and I’m still alive.

        • Guest

          Same here Melissa,I have showed,raised and worked at many shelters in my life and have ALWAYS had numerous pets(cats)of my own and NEVER been sick from any of them,only sick from STUPID humans that spread germs with their uncleanliness.I think they made a mistake with that guys name isn’t is spelled wrong?……ANUS???not INNUS

      • Michele From Ohio

        You have a rich fantasy life, don’t you, Frank?

        • bettyboop

          Is it medication time yet, Michele? :D

      • bettyboop

        Everything has risk. it’s risky reading idiotic and hateful comments. Not really, it’s been wildly amusing seeing just how stupid some of haters are.

      • Frank the Kitten hammer

        Get over yourself already. Cats are just overgrown rats that carry disease and shit in peoples gardens.

        They should round them all up and drop them off at Wilkes Villa. No gardens there.

      • Pam Whiteside

        Frank, are you uninformed or just an out and out liar. pregnant women can only get toxoplasmosis if they clean litter boxes then ingest the feces. First of all pregnant women shouldn’t be cleaning litter boxes and if they do they should wear gloves and WASH their hands. Also people can be allergic to cat dander or saliva just like they can with dogs, birds or any other animal, plant or food. The severity depends on the person, and studies show that children raised with animals in the home from birth are less likely to be allergic. Stray cats, unlike some dogs, stray and owned by careless people, only attack when cornered, they flee if any way possible. You are just one more unevolved cat hating jerk that thinks ay thing you don’t care for should be killed. I agree cats shouldn’t be running loose but that is because there are so many stupid people who don’t keep there animals in, or at least get them fixed so they don’t breed.

        • TheDon Corleone

          pam please shut your hole.

          • Pam Whiteside

            TheDon, please suck up and bust

      • sueishere

        Lymphocytic choriomeningitis is a flu-like disease caused by lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus that can be transmitted through bites. Hidden infection has been found both in dogs and humans. The disease has two stages. In the first stage, headaches, sneezing, bronchitis, and fever are generally seen. After a short recovery, central nervous system signs may appear, which include stiffness of the neck, severe headaches, nausea, and confusion. Meningencephalitis or encephalomyelitis may follow with or without paralysis. Recovery make take weeks. Nipah virus is a newly recognized zoonotic virus that was discovered in 1999. It has caused disease in animals and in humans and is transmitted through contact with infectious animals. The virus is named after the location where it was first detected in Malaysia. It is believed that certain species of fruit bats are the natural hosts of Nipah virus. The onset of the infection is usually with “influenza-like” symptoms, with high fever and muscle pains. The disease may progress to inflammation of the brain (encephalitis) with drowsiness, disorientation, convulsions and coma. Fifty percent of clinically apparent cases die.

        Another group of zoonoses is caused by bacteria. Rickettsiae are small microorganisms that have evolved in such close association with arthropod hosts that they are adapted to survive within their host cells. Rickettsioses are zoonoses that, except for Q fever, are usually transmitted to humans by arthropods, such as tick, mite, flea, louse, and chigger. Therefore, the geographic distribution of zoonoses is determined by that of the infected arthropod, which for most rickettsial species is the reservoir host. Rickettsiaeare important causes of human diseases in the United States (Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Q fever, murine typhus, sylvatic typhus, human monocytic ehrlichiosis, human granulocytic ehrlichiosis, and rickettsial pox) and around the world (Q fever, murine typhus, scrub typhus, epidemic typhus, boutonneuse fever, and other spotted fevers). The tick-borne relapsing fevers and Lyme disease are zoonoses with rodents as the major reservoir. Their incidence and distribution depend mainly on the biology of the tick vectors. Areas known to harbor infected ticks and lice should be avoided. No vaccines are available. Tetracycline is an effective treatment.

        A number of bacterial zoonoses are transmitted to people by dogs. Bordetellosisis caused by Bordetella bronchiseptica bacterium. B. bronchiseptica is a frequent cause of bronchopneumonia in animals that may generate infectious aerosols. Fever, abdominal pain, watery or bloody diarrhea, occasionally chronic colitis, and arthritis are seen. The disease can be transmitted from infected animals to humans by infected droplets. In dogs the bacterium causes kennel cough, whereas the human illness can range in severity from mild respiratory symptoms to pneumonia; carrier state may exist.

        Brucellosis is a true zoonosis in that virtually all human infections are acquired from animals. It is caused by Brucella bacterium. Human brucellosis is either an acute febrile disease or a persistent disease with a wide variety of symptoms. In the simplest case, the onset is influenza-like illness with fever reaching 101 to 103 degrees F. Limb and back pains are unusually severe, however, and sweating and fatigue are common symptoms. If the disease is not treated, the symptoms may continue for 2 to 4 weeks. True relapses may occur months after the initial episode, even after apparently successful treatment.

        Campylobacter enteritis is a diarrheal disease caused by Campylobacterbacteria. Dogs frequently become carriers of this organism and show no signs of the disease. Dogs recently adopted from shelters often serve as sources of human infection. Intermittent diarrhea may persists for months.

        Leptospirosis is a potentially fatal bacterial disease that damages the liver and kidneys of dogs and humans. It is caused by Leptospira bacteria. It occurs worldwide and affects humans and animals. The bacteria are spread through the infected urine and can survive in water and soil for weeks to months. Humans and animals can become infected through contact with contaminated body fluids (except saliva), water, or soil. Get your pet vaccinated against leptospirosis.

        Disseminated infections with Pasteurella multocida can lead to septic shock, meningitis, endocarditis, and other severe illnesses. Most human infections withPasteurella multocida occur as localized abscesses of the extremities or face as a result of cat or dog bites. These abscesses require surgical drainage.

        Salmonellosis occurs as (1) gastroenteritis, (2) septicemia, or (3) enteric fever. The severity of the infection and whether it remains localized in the intestine or disseminates to the bloodstream may depend on the effectiveness of the patient’s immune system and the virulence of the Salmonella bacteria. Signs may include fever, loss of appetite, headache, muscle pain, andconstipation. Gastroenteritis (food poisoning) depends on the number of bacteria. Symptoms usually begin 6 to 48 hours after ingestion of contaminated food or water and usually take the form of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Enteric fevers are severe infections and may be fatal, if antibiotics are not promptly administered.

        Dogs can be infected and transmit protozoan parasitic diseases. Chagas disease (American trypanosomiasis) is caused by the Trypanosoma cruziparasite. The disease is transmitted by cone-nosed bugs and may also be transmitted congenitally and by blood transfusion. Dogs are reservoirs of the infective parasite.Symptoms of acute disease may include fever, inflammation of lymph nodes, increased heart rate, heart enlargement, and myocarditis.Megaesophagus may develop in some cases. Giardiasis is a long-lasting, intestinal protozoal infection caused by species of Giardia. The infection can cause a variety of intestinal symptoms, which include diarrhea, gas or flatulence, greasy stools that tend to float, stomach cramps, upset stomach, and nausea. Leishmaniasis is a disease that is transmitted by sandflies and caused by intracellular protozoa of the genus Leishmania. Dogs act as parasite reservoir for humans. Human infection is caused by about 21 of 30 species that infect mammals, including dogs. There is no vaccine for this disease, which can rapidly lead to death if no treatment is given.

        Domestic and wild animals are important reservoirs for parasitic worms.Coenurus cerebralis infection has been observed as a common and worldwide problem of small ruminants. Dogs being definitive host of Taenia multicepsplay an important role in spreading the disease. Occurrence of coenurosis cysts in brain, spinal cord and in other tissues have been noticed in a wide range of animals such as sheep, goats, cattle, horse, buffalo, camel and yak.Diphyllobothriasis (fish tapeworm infection) is a disease caused by the cestode worm Diphyllobothrium latum, the largest cestode worm of humans measuring 5 to 10 m in length. Signs may include megaloblastic anemia as the parasite competes with the host for B group vitamins, and neurologic disorders. The adult parasite can survive in its host for 35 years.Echinococcosis is a zoonotic infection caused by the larval stage of the tapeworm Echinococcus. Two of the recognised species, E. granulosus and E. multilocularis, are of importance for humans. Infection is acquired through ingestion of parasite eggs released in feces of the host (a carnivore or a rodent) bearing the adult worm in its gut. Dirofilaria immitis (the dog heartworm) is a worldwide filarial parasite of dogs. Adult worms (up to 30 cm long) usually are located in the dog’s heart. In heavy infections, or when adult worms die, the parasites may be carried to the pulmonary vessels where they may produce clogs. Larvae of other Dirofilaria spp. that parasitize lower animals occasionally may be found in the skin or eyes of humans.

        Linguatula serrata (tongue worms). It is transmitted through eggs in feces or nasal discharge from infected dogs. Signs of infection in humans include irritation of throat and nose, vomiting, tearing, difficulty breathing, and headache. Signs in dogs are excessive nasal discharge and sneezing.

        References

        Medical Microbiology. The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

        Rhinosporidiosis. Robert Rivard, MD, Infectious Disease Fellow, Department of Medicine, Brooke Army Medical Center

        Strongyloides Stercoralis. Emily Anne Carpenter Rose, MD, Fellow in Pediatric Emergency

        Keep your dogs in the house too!!!

    • bettyboop

      you sound very educated.
      not.

      • sueishere

        Ma is a hoot!!

  • brian

    if you want action then demand that the Chief Mike Freeman and Officer Barry Accorti resign and surrender their FOP license. If not, then make sure the city understands that the people of the city will not vote for any levies,especially police levies, until such actions are taken. Also any and all violations will be protested in a court of law. In doing so any officer that has written said violation would be have to be in court along with the city attorney to disprove the violation.

    • Phill

      He didn’t do anything wrong.

      Barry Accorti is a fine man. Just doing his job.

      • SweetScarlet

        You must be Barry Accordi.

      • Rodney

        Accorti is a cowardly piece of $%^# and absolute SCUM. I hope karma hands him a slow-growing cancer that eats him alive piece-by-piece.

        • Anonymous

          Chill out. He killed cats. He didn’t murder children.The cats didn’t even know what hit them. People like you sicken the hell out of me.

          • Michele From Ohio

            Back atcha.

          • Rodney

            Screw you anonymous. Can’t even use your name? You’re a chicken$hi.t A$$wipes like YOU sicken me. So what?

          • Bob Sweatt

            chickenshit. Coming from a man who only uses his first name. If that is even your real first name. Which I doubt.

          • Pam Whiteside

            If you were intelligent enough to investigate this type of behavior you would see that it is the tip of the iceberg. If he would commit this type of cruelty on helpless animals in public then what is he doing in private. Why don’t you call him and ask if he will babysit your kids.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1762437349 Melissa Merrill Snyder

        a Humane Officer is supposed to deal with animals in a humane way. Shooting is not humane. Oh, you think it is? Shoot criminals instead of using lethal injection.

        • Just Me

          I’m all for that bullets are a lot less expensive & easier to inject than drugs.

          • Pam Whiteside

            Hope they remember that when they go after you!

      • Pam Whiteside

        It is sad that you can’t see what he did wrong, No doubt you are an animal abuser too. Weak cowardly people like to hurt helpless things

      • Kathi Kullman-Black

        Yeah,Theres real good compose/manure piles too.

  • mike

    This one time during winter I got home from work at night n parked my car outside my house, and some dumbass cat went inside my cars engine to stay warm then in the morning when I was going for another day at work I got on my car i turned on the engine, and what do I hear ?loud noises coming from under the hood of my car(imagine kinda like rocks in a blender) I was like “woah wtf”, then I went to open my hood n what do I see? Blood and guts mixed with hair all over the inside of my hood.

    • hottamomma

      ha ha ha ha, lol lol lol

  • Dennis

    The people who should be punished and protested are the former cat owners/lovers who let their unfixed animals stay outside where they become pregnant. Discovering their pets with ‘kitten’ prompts them to put them in a car and drive them to someone else’s neighborhood where have their brood at a strangers house. I have seven feral cats in my neighborhood right now, all dropped off from somewhere else. They fight, they have sex, they tear up gardens and flower beds. The only good to come out is my pet owning neighbors keep their cats in the house now. BTW, I am one of those people highly allergic to cats.

    • bettyboop

      sniff

    • Kathi Kullman-Black

      “Feral”or even strays come from IGNORANT non informed people like half the men ans.with stupid sickening comments,I’m sure they have litters running around the cities also:(

  • Bob Sweatt

    Want to know what is sad about all this dead cat business.

    People are protesting and complaining about this event, more then they did when NRPD had that guy lead them on the short chase that ended up with the guy crashing into the Walgreens.

    This just proves that people care more about animals then they do about humans.

    How about we give a shit more about the homeless and unemployed in this county. Who cares about dead cats.

    get a life people.

    • Rodney

      I care more about “animals” than “humans”. Unlike so-called “humans”, an animal is loyal, faithful and loving forever. Most “humans” on the other hand are vicious, back-stabbing, lying, manipulating, egotistical, arrogant vermin. And No I DON’T give a shit about most of them.

      • Bob Sweatt

        WOW. I have no comeback for that statement.

        There is nothing to say to someone who values an animal’s life more then a humans.

        Something tells me you wouldn’t give a crap if it were five children kills, instead of kittens.

        • bettyboop

          I value a roach’s life more than yours. you serve no purpose at all but to try to cause trouble and division.
          you are an antisocial sociopath.
          You are a troll.

          • Bob Sweatt

            You are out of your ever loving mind.

            Guest is it. that is an interesting name. Did you parents hate you that’s why they named you Guest??

            If you haven’t figured it out. I am making reference to the fact that you aren’t even using your real name.

            One more thing. Apparently you haven’t been reading all of Rodney’s post. Now you want to talk about anti-social and sociopath. I think they might study Rodney in a psych. class.

          • hottamomma

            lollollollollol ha ha ha., good one ha ha

          • Just Me

            I’ve Killed roaches. Does that also make Me a troll? I do hope it dose I don’t want to be left out.

          • Pam Whiteside

            idiot

      • Michele From Ohio

        Preach it, brother

      • Bob Sweatt

        I am kind of annoyed with myself because it took me all day to think of this.

        So what you are telling me is, that if your house was on fire and you had to save a pet or a child. Then you would save the pet?

        Wow please never breed and if you have please for your kid’s sake. Let the children live with someone who cares more about them then a pet.

        And people are calling me names and saying I am evil. Sir I think you take the cake there.

        • Chip Rathwell

          You are NOT evil Bob!!! Just stupid.

          • Bob Sweatt

            Why Chip why? If all you are going to do is insult me. Then just sit down shut up and let the grown-ups talk.

            The only reason people resort to name calling is because they have nothing intelligent to say.

            And the name calling because someone doesn’t follow the herd is just childish in itself.

          • Chip Rathwell

            You could be at least part right! The main reason I resorted to name calling was in response to being called names. That doesn’t make it right or even a good excuse and it isn’t right for me to do that. What is you excuse? I bet it’s the same as mine. Nobody likes to be called names, so how about a truce?

          • Bob Sweatt

            been waiting for another witty response from you. Guess you don’t have one.

            Ok I will wait for another childish insult about me state of mind or the way I look. Come on I’m waiting…

          • Chip Rathwell

            How’s this Bob? I apologized below for the dumb things I said and I hope You are man enough to do the same?

          • Bob Sweatt

            Same to you. *tip of my hat*

          • Chip Rathwell

            Bless you Bob and I do agree with you about Rodney. I’m trying to be a little more open minded today. For an “Old Goat” like me… that’s not always easy.

        • Pam Whiteside

          how does this apply to this situation, everyone would save the child first, there was no such choice here, please don’t breed(yourself)

      • Just Me

        Maybe that’s because You have no loyalties. You only find what You seek.

    • Joe Smith

      Humans other than children usually put themselves in whatever situation they are in by making bad choices and not preparing so I don’t feel so bad for most but not all of them.

      • Bob Sweatt

        Glad to see you are standing behind Rodney. He has done nothing more then threaten people on here because we don’t agree with his warped views.

        Nice choice of friends.

    • bettyboop

      I care about a ‘humane officer’ who shot kittens with children screaming in horror. why don’t you go for some therapy you’re clearly in need of

      • Bob Sweatt

        TROLL.

        I am so sorry I don’t stand behind you views or morals. But you go ahead and stand behind people who are threatening the life of a law enforcement officer and see where that gets you.

        Now shut up and finish that burger you are probably stuffing down your throat.

        • Chip Rathwell

          Bob… I haven’t seen one person stand behind threatening anyone??? Why do you blame everyone who disagrees with you for the actions of some demented person? I apologize for the things that I said about you and Kim. That was really dumb on my part and if I could take it back I would. I’m as guilty as you about name calling and I am sorry.

          • Bob Sweatt

            You are right Chip. I choose to stereotype all of you because of the actions of a certain few. For that I am sorry.

            I know there are animal lovers who aren’t radicals. I love animals too. But not to the extreme that others on here same to want to go. I personally have no need for cats. I think they are a waste of space. Would I ever harm a cat. No. not unless it harmed me or my children. And please No one come back on this comment saying that the kittens weren’t harming anyone. I know that so please don’t bring it up again.

            The humane officer did his job. How he did is up for debate. Not what he killed.

            Do i feel he should have taken the cats to a shelter. Yes. But they would have probably been put down there. So either way they would have died. That is my point.

            But is has been fun commenting on this story. Makes my day go by so much quicker.

            Sponge Bob OUT!!!

          • Pam Whiteside

            That’s the point, dumbbut, he is a HUMANE officer, he didn’t do his job.

          • sueishere

            I think you’re a really nice person… ;) . All joking aside.

        • Pam Whiteside

          again, the officer was not threatened, he shot these helpless kittens because he has power and control issues and has no sense of right and wrong, He had any number of other choices. This is what happens when you make a person with power, control and macho issues a public servant. I hope he is mauled to death by a pit bull and maybe then he(and you bunch of inbreds) will understand what a dangerous animal is

    • Pam Whiteside

      Because cruelty is cruelty, the topic here is this cruelty to helpless animals. Most of the people her upset about this do the same thing about cruelty to anything and anyone else. It is too bad idiots like you can’t figure that out!

      • Bob Sweatt

        You Pam. Since the first comment I saw from you is insulting my intelligence. Discredited anything else you will say.

        Go to the story about the city council being appalled. Then scroll down to my last post on there.

        Enough said.

        • Pam Whiteside

          You started out insulting everyone who complained about this, your statements are what insult your intelligence. Its not my fault if you do not have the compassion or understanding to see what this guy did wrong, it is easier to discredit me than to admit you are wrong, typical. obviously I didn’t see your previous comment, I was replying to what you said in that comment, If you don’t want to be insulted, Don’t insult and belittle people who care about THIS SITUATION. don’t assume they do nothing else. You are insulted because I made a valid point, and just like this Accorti jerk, can’t that I discredited you points, they did not apply and did not make sense. “enough said” You were insulting to people who were condemning this action in every post you made, so stop whining!

    • Kathi Kullman-Black

      NO WTF was that guy taking the Effin NRPD on a chase for???????Hmmmmm.think.think.think.O, He’d be one of the “innocent”in jail.so…In a sense I guess, I do/am caring more about a cute,cuddly animal that was born because of some ignorant person then being killed by a bigger one when just trying to survive.

  • SweetScarlet

    Way to go, Lorain Pooch Patrol!!! This is fantastic–keep the heat on them!! I’ll see you all Monday at the CIty Council meeting!! Keep up the great work. WE WILL BE HEARD!!!

    • Guest

      If you fell this why. Then why aren’t you all sitting outside a McDonald’s protesting.

      Oh wait I know why. Because cats are cute. But a cow is ugly. Right??

      If you want to save one animal. The save them all you bunch of hypocrites.

      • bettyboop

        No, mentally challenged person.
        I happen not to eat meat or any animal products.
        jackass.

        • hottamomma

          im gonna protest, u eat poor veggies they cant speak for themselves, so im be there voice. lol.

    • Bob Sweatt

      If you truly feel this way. The why aren’t you all outside of an McDonald’s daily???

      I will tell you why. Because to you cats/kittens are cute. A cow is ugly. Right??

      If you are going to save one animal. Then save them all. You bunch of hypocrites.

      • bettyboop

        what mental health facility are you a resident of?

        • Bob Sweatt

          Troll.

          Did you finish that burger yet??

      • Bob Sweatt

        here you go. watch this. Those cats got off lucky if you ask me.

        And just so you know. I love meat. Not a vegehead.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXSzIhFlz6U

        • Chip Rathwell

          I hate to say it Bob, but this video is 100% accurate! I’ve been inside slaughter houses myself and seen the same type of things going on. My argument isn’t about the life of the kittens over livestock. They all deserve life. According to the US Constitution We are supposed to be equal when it comes to the law. Even the chief of police is not supposed to discharge a gun within the city limits unless his life is in danger. All I’m trying to say is that we are supposed to have equal rights and “no one” is above the law.

          • Bob Sweatt

            LOL. When i first read this, I was like. “What does the Constitution has to do with animals. But then I realized what you were talking about. LOL

            Right like I said in a previous comment to you. The humane officer did his job. What is up for debate, is how he did his job.

            But people on here are in an uproar because it was kittens. At least that is the way I see it.

            One question to you Chip and I am not trying to start anything. But are you as True vegan??

          • Chip Rathwell

            Your right Bob! The debate is supposed to be about how he did his job! I don’t care if the kittens are dead. I just didn’t think shooting them within the city limits next to a residence was legal. Should he loose his job over it? Hell No! Should he pay a fine like any other citizen would have to? I Think He should. I don’t care what he shot, It’s the illegal discharge of his gun that bothers me. But as you said, that’s just the way I see it. Nobody has to agree or disagree, it’s just my thoughts.

    • bettyboop

      It keeps talking about McDonald’s
      it has a fixation and probably suffers from OCD.
      How sad is that? YOU GO, SWEET SCARLET! i applaud you!

      • Bob Sweatt

        TROLL!!!! you having fun spout off random garbage??

  • Name

    Why is it that when an animal is harmed, we feel the need to
    protest? This officer was simply doing his job and now there is call for his
    firing. I cannot believe how out of touch humans are becoming. These kittens
    were a burden to the neighborhood and the owner. I am sure that the owner tried to give these kittens away for FREE up until their death. Where were the
    protestors to rescue these kittens then? This officer was not only helping
    these kittens by ending their lives, but also helping out humankind. These
    kittens would have been released into the wild, unable to survive, and met
    their demise through neglect for care or someone’s car.

    If you feel the need to place blame, blame the pet owner
    that irresponsibly released their cat into the neighborhood without having the cat
    spayed. It is not a secret that the animal shelters are being overrun with
    animals that no one wants to adopt. People cannot afford to take care of animals
    right now because there are no jobs around here. Why aren’t you protestors out
    in numbers about the starving families, homeless, or the jobless in Lorain County? Let’s not forget the classification of animals in the food chain. It’s a sad
    day when we are protesting over domesticated animals rather than families that
    cannot provide for themselves due to the economy in which we live. Animals were able to take care of themselves before humans decided to domesticate them, and now these activists get angry when not all humans can see the value in taking care of pets rather than feeding children. It’s seems to me that we’ve fallen off course as to what really matters in life.

    • Bob Sweatt

      Exactly. Well said. A voice of reason.

      Another thing for you protestors. How about you go protest the fact that Wilks Villa is getting a 2 million dollars upgrade. While LCT is probably going to have to fire some of their employee because their bill didn’t pass during this last election. Taking away the transportation people need to get to work. I for one use the Commuter Route to get to Cleveland. But since you people put more value on an animals well being then a humans. I guess it is ok. that now I will have to drive further into work to catch the RTA. Which is going to cost me more in gas and maintenance of my car.

      Thanks. Hope you are happy that a stray animal is being fed well and taken care of by some government employee. Thanks. Thanks a whole hell of a lot.

      • bettyboop

        some of us do not get your local references, some of us are fortunate not to live where kittens are blown away by ‘Human Officers’ Some of us are delighted we live in a place where these things do not occur, ever.

        • Bob Sweatt

          Hey it you again troll.

          Like I care that you don’t get my references. Something tells me you don’t a lot of things. Unless of course it has to do with animals.

        • Chip Rathwell

          Bull !!!! Then why are you bitching about North Ridgeville? If you live in “Fantasyland” it’s none of your business!

      • hottamomma

        exactly,

      • Bob Sweatt

        So you are saying only black people live there. Wow because I know a few white folk whoive there. You racist bastard.

        • Chip Rathwell

          Right again! That is the area where I grew up after we moved to the Big City! I had a number of Black and white friends with whom I had some of my best memories! BUT should Wilkes Villa get special funding by taking away from the livelihood of others? Hell No!!

          • Bob Sweatt

            yeah I don’t even know why I wasted my time even responding to that troll.

            But unfortunately LCMHA and LCT are to different agencies. So the money one has can’t (but should be) given to the other.

          • Chip Rathwell

            I didn’t know that. You’re right! It should be>

      • sueishere

        Bob are the taxpayers paying for Wilkes Villa?

    • Joe Smith

      SHow me in the job description that it says to shoot kittens? Is that the humane part of humane officer?
      The kittens could have been brought in and saved, the mother maybe not so much as she was already wild.

      • Bob Sweatt

        Remember that the next time you are in line at McDonald’s getting your lunch or dinner.

        • bettyboop

          hey moron! do you know something the rest of us don’t?
          are you making an allegation that McDonalds uses cat meat? should we investigate that further? hmmm

          • Bob Sweatt

            Wow you are a busy little troll.

            I am make allegations to all your animal lovers. But I wouldn’t expect a troll to figure that one out.

        • Joe Smith

          So you are saying McDonalds kills kittens or are you trying to compare the senseless slaughter of kittens against the death of a cow that was used to feed many people= not a senseless killing

      • bettyboop

        of course you are correct, but that is because you have a brain that is working.
        you also have compassion.
        naturally any sane, rational individual would agree with you.

        • Bob Sweatt

          Trollie.

          So anyone that doesn’t agree with you doesn’t have a brain. Wow that’s mature.

    • bettyboop

      shooting kittens is over the top.
      Shooting an animal that is dangerous is something else.
      these were kittens! what are you nuts?

    • hottamomma

      THAT WAS WONDERFUL, THANK U VERY MUCH

    • sueishere

      Where are you protesting for the homeless, starving families, and jobless. I’ll be there. PLEASE TELL ME WHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sarah Anderson

    Come on people. Lets be realistic. These are CATS were talking about. It happened in a split second. Why aren’t you cat lovers happy the kittens are no longer suffering from the pain? Yes, the officer could have performed this somewhere else, but come on. ITS DONE. ITS OVER. None of these unnecessary comments about “Barry Accorti should be shot in front of HIS kids!” and “Let him die a slow and painful death!” are needed. God lord. Starting to think whose really the inhumane one.. the officer or society..

    • Name

      I couldn’t agree more!

    • Bob Sweatt

      Oh society is the more inhumane.

      And I hope whoever post the comment, “Barry Accorti should be shot in front of HIS kids!” is investigated fully.

      • bettyboop

        No, he shouldn’t be shot. He should be fired and given therapy and never permitted to work anywhere near animals. Clearly, he has a sanity issue.

        • Bob Sweatt

          Sanity issues???

          No anyone who is in such an uproar about this has something wrong with them.

          • Chip Rathwell

            That includes you in the “uproar” definition!

    • bettyboop

      SHOOTING KITTENS IS NOT EUTHANASIA.
      shooting an attacking animal that can be pose danger is something else.
      or was the officer such a wimp that he felt threatened by kittens? yeah! maybe that’s it. sad

      • Bob Sweatt

        So it would have been better for the cats. Because that is what they would have become. If he would have taken them to a shelter and had them put down there???

        I ask you this seriously. Either why would the cats still be alive??

        Answer: No. So what is the differences???

      • Chip Rathwell

        How about at least take his gun away before he does something really stupid?

    • Marty McFly

      I would have trapped them and then sold them to the Chinese place next to subway by the mall. I hear they pay pretty decent for a litter.

      • Chip Rathwell

        If you can’t make sense??? Why make slurs??

      • sueishere

        They’ll take dogs too… ;)

    • Chip Rathwell

      Sounds like you are the inhumane one! Shoot someone because of CATS! I don’t like what he did either but gimme a break! He made a Boo Boo ! Let him pay a fine and get over it! I’m sure he will think it out better next time.

  • onesears

    we got soldiers overseas getting shot at every day like stray cats, where is the outrage to bring them home out of harms way, but people go ape shit over stry cats.. priorities geez.. Next election VOTE all the bastards out in NR and start over!

    • Sarah Anderson

      Agreed.

      • bettyboop

        and you agree with him?
        jesus.

    • bettyboop

      your argument is stupid. no, make that very bizarre
      cats? soldiers? how does that make sense? stupid

      • Bob Sweatt

        Are you really just trolling??? because onesears point is, the fact that your people seem to care more about the life of a cat then a human.

        Dude, chick whatever you are get some help.

      • Chip Rathwell

        Sounds like apples and oranges don’t it?

    • hottamomma

      VERY WELL PUT ONESEARS! HUMANS FIRST!!!

  • Jack

    Funny how a week ago, no one gave two shits about cats. Look now. Protests and activists everywhere. Oh, society. How you make me laugh.

    • Bob Sweatt

      We are a bunch of hypocrites.

      They will complain about 5 dead cats. But say nothing about it when they are in line at McDonald’s getting their next hamburger.

      • bettyboop

        why? Do they serve cat burgers? jackass

        • Bob Sweatt

          My point exactly. No they don’t serve cat. But apparently if they did you would be there protesting them.

          But since McDonald’s serve fat ugly smelly cows. You don’t give a shit.

          Until I see all you animal lovers out protesting a fast food restaurant. Then your opinion about this story means nothing to me.

          You want to save one animal. Then save the all. Stop being hypocrties because this story involves cute little kittens.

          • hottamomma

            VERY WELL SAID AGAIN BOB.! I COULDNT HAVE PUT IT ANT BETTER

          • Chip Rathwell

            Cows and cats Hmmmm! Maybe your argument is stupid because he didn’t shoot five cows in front of kids?

          • Bob Sweatt

            You are correct. Because of it had been five cows. We wouldn’t be here on this thread. That is my point. But hey live and let live. You see things how you want.

          • Chip Rathwell

            and you don’t?

          • Bob Sweatt

            Still waiting for a response. But I guess you can’t provide an mature comments.

          • Chip Rathwell

            I’ve given myself over night to think about it and came up with this! I was to quick to judge and as usual, let my big mouth get in the way of reasonable thought! I Do see your point!

          • Bob Sweatt

            Thanks. Just wish some on here would do the same. but i guess that is to much to ask. LOL

          • Chip Rathwell

            Bob! Today you strike me as being a good person! I was way to quick to judge yesterday!

          • Bob Sweatt

            I know you understand. But here is why I brought up the McDonald’s thing.

            Nothing pisses me off more then seeing an Animal Rights Person complaining about the abuse of animals. But they do it while wearing a leather belt, coat, shoes and/or purse.

            So apparently it’s not OK to abuse CUTE animals. But it is perfectly fine to wear the skin or eat the meat of an ugly one.

          • Chip Rathwell

            Yup! I get it today! What’s good goose is good for the gander! And while they are bitching they usually have a tooth pick between their teeth because of the big fat steak they just ate! I’m a meat eater myself and I have four cats and had dogs my entire life. But I do get what you’re talkin about! Has anyone ever gone to a farm and looked a steer in those big, beautiful, sad eyes? Think about that next time you get a big mac! The way they are killed is 100 times worse than those kittens. The issue is “How He did his job” not kittens!

          • Bob Sweatt

            Chip you are missing a whole other argument on the other story about the council being appalled

  • Bob Sweatt

    You all want to care about something. here’s a site for you to donate money to.

    http://www.familypromise.org

    • bettyboop

      not necessary for those of us who live in countries that have benefits in place for their citizens,

      • hottamomma

        u sound like a smart person NOT! LOL LOL

        • bettyboop

          oh shut up and go blow something away. isn’t that how you people relax and enjoy yourselves?
          guns and cruelty and guns and cruelty.

        • bettyboop

          unsubscribeSubject: Re: New comment posted on Animal rights groups, others rally for dismissal of humane officer

    • Bob Sweatt

      First Kenneth. It’s Sweatt. If you are going to insult me please do it properly.

      Now this is the first post I have seen from you. So if all you are going to do is insult and name call. Then sit down shut up and let the grown-up talk.

      • ken

        bob sweat you r an A$$HOLE! I will talk when I want to.

        • Bob Sweatt

          Oh Kenneth. You superior wit is no match for me.

          • ken

            I know

  • Zen Grouch

    Thank YOU Chronicle Telegram for posting the photos of the protestors!

    …funniest thing I’ve seen all day :)

    **Pooch Patrol** That’s so precious!

    *That one chick looks like somebody shot one of her flying monkeys*

    • Nichole Lynn Seni

      hey at least these people are standing up for what they believe in while you sit here scrolling through your news feed on facebook sitting on your ass. get up and do something. people who DO make a difference!

      • Zen Grouch

        I could be wrong, but to me it seems “these people” are hate filled and spitting venom, out for blood rather than trying to correct the problems/shortcomings that led up to the incident.

        If they were the kind of motivated problem solvers out there making a “difference” then it wouldn’t be necessary for the police department to handle calls about kittens.

        If these people ‘making the difference’ were actually doing something other than making fools out of themselves barking at traffic, then when someone is bothered with KITTENS in her woodpile, there would be a half dozen organizations she could contact before calling the cops.

        If THESE people were out there, after the cop told the complainant that he was going to kill those kitties, you would think that she would reconsider being the one to give the ‘go ahead’ to kill the critters, ask him to back off for a day or two, then contact these people making all the difference in the world.

        Seems the complainant didn’t have any problems with the cats being put down and was fully responsible for them being killed, but wanted someone else to do the dirty work for her.

        • Chip Rathwell

          Get your facts straight before you put anyone else down. If you want a good belly laugh, look at your own profile picture!

          • Zen Grouch

            Wow!
            Brief and to the point…
            …a dagger in my heart.

          • Chip Rathwell

            I am kidding Zen.

        • bug bear

          well, that will never happen, as it involves common sense and a modicum of intellect

    • Chip Rathwell

      Flying Monkey! Now that is funny!!! LMAO! Thanks

  • zdubb78

    Great pictures of the protesters. Did they crawl out from under a rock!!!!!!
    Get a Life! Go To Work!!

  • Kelly M.

    Someone quoted this on an officers page..
    “Fuck you cocksuckers. I hope you watch your kids die like those kids watched the babies die”
    Talk about taking their insults to extremes.. Society frightens me.

  • Karen Forbus

    In reference to the police officer shooting the kittens: This was so cruel and wrong! We try to teach our young people not to abuse animals, and here is an authority figure doing just that. That are ways to deal with feral cats in communities, and it isn’t shooting them. I am sure Allie Cat Alleys sent information to the mayor on dealing with feral cats. This has given North Ridgeville a very bad name. Hopefully this can be turned around.

  • Gillian

    Now…make the animal a deer and tell me why no organization is up in arms over the encouragement to kill off deer each year in order to control the over-population. This situation is NO different. These protestors are only angry because the animal is a household pet.

  • Naomi Kropp

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/02/magazine/02cats-v–birds-t.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

    The
    National Audubon Society has declared that “worldwide, cats may have been involved
    in the extinction of more bird species than any other cause, except habitat
    destruction.”

  • Fl loves kittens

    In Florida the Humane Society took cat and dogs from Oklahoma tornado to their shelters for adoption! We have rescue groups who go to shelters and retrieve kittens as well as cats for adoptions,

    People who kill kittens have the serial killer gene!