October 20, 2014

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Crowd demands North Ridgeville Council act after kitten killings

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Angry residents and animal lovers filled City Council chambers Monday night to protest the shooting death of five kittens by a city humane officer June 10.

Word of the animals’ deaths, which has been circulated worldwide via the news media and social media, has prompted calls for the firing of Humane Officer Barry Accorti and a change of policy by the city in handling animal calls.

The Council meeting — the first since word of the shooting broke — gave the standing-room-only crowd a place to vent, and they did for more than 90 minutes.

“This isn’t the city I grew up in,” Hallie Cunningham, a 60-year resident said. “I’m ashamed of the local and national publicity we’re getting over this.”

Another resident, Rachel Vanek, who said she cares for her cat as if it were her child, broke down during her address.

“I can’t wait to get out of here. I don’t want to live here anymore,” she said.

Accorti shot the kittens in response to a homeowner’s request for help in getting rid of the cats that lived in a backyard wood pile of her Vista Lake Way home and were causing problems with fleas and odors.

Paul Berry, executive director of Alley Cat Allies, attended the meeting and presented a petition with more than 33,000 signatures calling for the city to cease allowing cats to be killed by animal control officers. The nationwide group advocates for the humane treatment of cats.

A second petition presented Monday contained more than 37,000 signatures of people opposed to the city’s actions. That petition was circulated by Teresa Landon, head of the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and her members. The group also filed a formal complaint with the city seeking to have Accorti fired for his actions.

“Why is this monster not required to be here to hear the horror in people’s voices,” Laura Smith, a Mills Creek Lane resident, asked. “He should be fired.”

Don Keister, a Brunswick man, asked a young girl at the back of the room to hold up a sign that pictured a kitten eating. “Where did deadly force need to be used here?” Keister asked.

Police Chief Mike Freeman, who last week said Accorti acted appropriately and wouldn’t face discipline, said his department will review its policies and procedures governing humane officers, including alternative means for dealing with similar situations in the future.

Freeman also said police will use the incident “as a reminder to be more sensitive.”

“Sometimes we are quick to do our duty,” he said.

In his statement last week absolving Accorti, Freeman said “research” and (unnamed) animal organizations accept shooting as an acceptable means of euthanasia.” That statement was called into question during the meeting Monday.

“No humane organization would recommend shooting animals,” North Ridgeville resident Christina McKay said.
Not everyone railed against Accorti and the city, although JoAnn Demchak stirred the ire of the crowd when she expressed support for the kitten shooting.

“I don’t care how they get rid of them,” Demchak said. “They are not house pets.”

A number of people used their time on the Council floor to promote the effectiveness of trap-neuter-and-release programs to reduce the feral cat population.

Mayor David Gillock, the only city official aside from Freeman to speak during the contentious meeting, said he is talking with groups including the state SPCA and Animal Protective League over offers of additional training and education, but he again expressed his opposition to trap-neuter-and-release programs.

“They are not the answer,” Gillock said. “They do not address the danger to young children (posed by feral animals).”

As a result of the uproar, he said the city may end euthanasia of animals and also may no longer get involved in disposing of wildlife in the city.

Prior to the meeting, and while it was ongoing, 60 to 80 people protested outside of City Hall, carrying signs reading “Justice for the Woodpile Five” and calling for Accorti’s firing. The group shrunk when the meeting began, but protesters were still there when the meeting wrapped up after 9 p.m.

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


  • Robert Shaffer III

    Accorti NEEDS to be relieved of his duties (without benefits), period. I know who I will NOT be voting for come the next election, should nothing be done. Freeman needs to go to! For his attitude, who says what Accorti did was OKAY??? Accorti and Freeman obviously learned common sense for the same book! Such a shame, I have lived in NR for over 20 years, and now thanks to morons, my house is worth less. I will be looking through the real estate ads! Gillock, if you do nothing, you should be collecting unemployement Soon. BOYCOTT RIDGEVILLE until something is done. Westlake has everything we need. Shop elsewhere! Until something is done! Boycott Cornfest!!

    • TheDon Corleone

      Accorti did his job. He should be given a medal and a parade.

      Toxoplasmosis, is a disease in the United States. The highest risk of human infection comes from eating raw or undercooked meat and unwashed fruits and vegetables. The release also mentions plague, caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, which is usually caused by feral cats making waste in gardens that humans eat from.

      I think the idiots in North Ridgeville need to stop this crying and moaning.

      Accorti was just trying to make the city a cleaner place.

      All feral cats should be shot on site.

      • Sue Mobley Zambo

        Oh please. You are part of the problem with society. Perhaps we can start shooting illegal migrant farm workers on the spot for all of the pi$$ing they do on the many crops that they tend to. This is more of a problem than stray cats defecating in gardens. Your argument is baseless.

        You say cats are an invasive species? That is kind of funny. Cats have been around a LONG time Don. Almost 10,000 years. Have you ever stopped to consider the amount of vermin and unwanted little creatures that cats take care of? Do you know that farmers depend on cats to keep mice and moles and other destructive animals out of their crops? Everything has its place in the chain of life Don. Just because you don’t like something, doesn’t give you the right to kill it.

        I recently returned from a vacation to Greece and while there are thousands of stray cats and dogs they are working hard to humanely solve the problem by nationwide neuter/spay programs and prosecuting illegal sales of animals by “mills”. You walk along lovely streets and see little boxes attached to walls with words that say “food for the animals” and people put their scraps in here. The poor strays at least have something to eat and I’ve never seen cleaner streets and kinder people.

        You are blaming the wrong “animal” Don. Blame the humans who buy the cute bunny, kitten or puppy and then decide it’s too much work and then they drive it out to the country and dump it by the side of the road. Blame the humans who don’t get their pets fixed or take care of them. You can always tell the true nature of human beings by how they treat animals. There was absolutely NO reason to shoot 5 kittens to death, especially in front of children. That officer was absolutely WRONG, I don’t care if it was his so called “job”.

        I live out in the country and am over being shocked by the amount of animals that show up in my yard, dumped off by people who no longer want them. What am I supposed to do Don? Shoot them? Well, I can’t do that. Instead we take them to the vet, get them cleaned up and try to find them homes. That is the humane thing to do. That officer is supposed to be a HUMANE officer, he is nothing but a man with a gun and no conscience. I hope they fire him or at least give him some training.

        • Debbie Zsigray

          I agree with you Sue, that is what we trying get thru Don head.

        • TheDon Corleone

          Sorry I do not have time to read that book you wrote.

          You are insignificant.

          Piss off.

      • Liz Johnson

        oh paleeze, its ppl like you that are the problem, maybe you should be shot on sight .

        • Debbie Zsigray

          Alright you go Liz, someone needs to tell Don off.

      • Joe Smith

        So a humane officers job is to shoot kittens?
        The kittens were not wild yet and could have been given a good home.
        Real tough guy shooting kittens

        • Debbie Zsigray

          AMAN to at Joe. I agree you.

      • Adrien Chandler

        Toxoplasmosis can be found in the soil just about ANYWHERE.. cats or no cats.. so better not work in the garden, either. Would you feel the same way if this was a stray or feral DOG and pups or are you just this hateful in general? The Plague? Fleas carry that…. rats mostly transmit….cats kill rodents… Hmmm. And frankly, when was the last time there was an outbreak of this disease? Those kittens could easily have been socialized and rehomed. If mom IS feral and not just a frightened, displaced house pet… she should be trapped and fixed. TNR and colony management have proven to reduce the unwanted cat population. THAT is the best and most humane solutions for these “wild animals.” Of course, sounds like you just like the idea of shooting animals. So who is the beast here, eh?

        • Debbie Zsigray

          That is telling Don, I had it out with Don few days ago about him all for shouting kittens.

      • Debbie Zsigray

        You think that the idiots in North Ridgeville need to stop this crying and moaning ? If anyone is a IDIOT is you. This man needs to be fired right now. You think he is going his job by making the city a cleaner place? And You said all FERAL CATS should be shot on site? How about is this, what if someone takes all IDIOTS like you out and shout all of you like you all want these FERAL CATS to be done?

        • Don Corleone

          Yes – I think all feral cats should be shot on site…and you don’t HOW to shoot a gun!

          So all idiots like me are pretty safe! Huh?

          • Debbie Zsigray

            I do know how to shoot a gun, because dad show me how to shoot one. Then someone need to do something about the IDOIT like. This world would be a better place to live without the likes of you.

          • Liz Johnson

            maybe I’ll mistaken you for something & shoot you , how would you like that ?

        • TheDon Corleone

          Keep hoping he gets fired. Let me know how that works out for you.

      • TheDon Corleone

        looks like more people agree with this than not.

        Check mate

    • SusanS

      Why in the world would you punish North Ridgeville businesses in the form of a boycott when business owners have nothing to do with this? I have seen others say this and the logic, or lack thereof, astounds me.

      • Larry Crnobrnja

        It’s pretty simple, it would force those businesses to speak up against the travesties occurring there. Business owners have a lot to do with it if they sit back quietly.

        • TheDon Corleone

          Larry, you are the biggest reject ever.

          Social sewage.

          Society’s rot and decay.

          • froglips7846

            don’t know who you are, don’t want to know you, but you are either an alien or just pure ole white trash with no morals or conscience….be careful what you say, it might come back & bite you on your butt….it’s your opinion, I & others DO NOT agree with you on this issue, dude!!!

          • TheDon Corleone

            bytch you can shut ur fackin face u puke stain cat licker.

          • froglips7846

            such language , bet you make your Mom proud….may GOD BLESS YOU cause you need it!

          • TheDon Corleone

            may u shut ur cat licking lips, you make me sick

    • Debbie Zsigray

      I agree with you on this, when is story broke everyone here in Elyria was mad about the shooting of 5 baby kitten. When I have read the story that is when I got so mad about, and I still am to. When this reach all over Ohio to other states, even my family got wind of it and they are mad, they told me this guy need to be fired.

      • Laura W

        It has already reached to other states…Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, California, New York…to name a few……it has even crossed over to the UK….and the story will continue on….the World Is Watching !!!

  • TheDon Corleone

    “Justice for the Woodpile Five”

    What a joke.

  • hottamomma

    for the person that said she doesnt want to live here anymore, bye!

    • Debbie Zsigray

      Hottamomma, how about you move from NR, that will be a better place to live when you leave.

      • hottamomma

        i wasnt the one to say i dont want to live here anymore. thank u very much!

        • Debbie Zsigray

          I know you did not say that. I SAID HOW ABOUT YOU MOVE OUT OF NR AND NR WILL BE A BETTER PLACE WITHOUT YOU LIVING IN NR.THAT IS WHAT I SAID. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

          • hottamomma

            ding dong the cats is gone the cats is gone! THANK U VERY MUCH. U R THE ONE COMPLAINING SO U R THE ONE WHO CAN LEAVE!! NR WOULD BE SO MUCH BETTER WITHOUT U AND THE CATS

          • froglips7846

            you are as sick as the guy who deleted his comments to me, these animals are GOD’s animals, so guess you are not a GOD fearing person…..Sorry!!!

          • hottamomma

            thats right these are gods animals, and god said in the bible he put plant and animal here for us humans. he put animals here for us to eat, not for us to play with. in other words quit playing with your food

          • froglips7846

            YOU MY DEAR ARE DISGUSTING…SO YOU ARE SO INTELLIGENT, GUESS YOU WILL SAY, GOD DOES NOT MIND IF HIS SWEET ANIMALS ARE ABUSED BEFORE SLAUGHTERING BY SO CALLED HUMANS LIKE YOU, OR IF THERY ARE PETS.,,,BUG OFF, THE WORLD WOULD BE BETTER OFF WITHOUT YOU & YOUR OFFSPRING, & YOUR CRAP….STOP ALL KINDS OF ANIMAL ABUSE OF GOD’S ANIMALS, THAT MEANS INCLUDING HUMAN ANIMALS TOO, IDIOT!!

          • hottamomma

            u r disgusting. we would be better off without u. u r a hater!. i dont no what god want. but i guest u r trying to play god and telling what god wants. shut up. this is old and u r waaaay late. get over it already the kittens r in a way better place

          • froglips7846

            SO SO, GUESS WE BOTH ARE DISGUSTING, BUT I AM WITH CLASS, DEARY, I HAVE WASTED ENOUGH TIME WITH YOU HOTAMOMMA, GOSH WHAT A NAME, & YES THOSE KITTIES ARE IN A BETTER PLACE, WHERE GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF THEM & KEEP THEM SAFE, UNLIKE THE SO CALLED GUN SLINGING COP DID….OH, I AM NOT A HATER, I AM A LOVER, WHAT ARE YOU?? A BIG HOTTAMOMMA, I CAN IMAGINE!!! GOOD BYE!

          • hottamomma

            ha ha ha blah blah blah. u dont know what class is, u couldnt love a human just a lover of animals, u probably a hillbilly that do it to pets sicko!. what kinve name is frog lips? never mind!

  • TheDon Corleone

    IT IS YOUR CIVIC AND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO DESTROY ANY INVASIVE-SPECIES WHEN FOUND AWAY FROM SAFE CONFINEMENT AND OUT IN A NON-NATIVE HABITAT. In fact, it is against the law to NOT destroy an invasive-species on-sight. Since cats are genetically engineered through selective-breeding and no longer have ANY native habitat ANYWHERE on earth, these laws include cats. This is precisely how they are dealt with on my own land, destroyed by using any and all methods.

    I wish these protesters would get with the program.

    • Sue Mobley Zambo

      you should really lay off the hootch. It’s not legal yet.

      • Don Corleone

        I don’t drink no hooch…my momma and me gots our own meth lab!

        I have to admit that just be upset that i don’t like them critters no more because they bit me on my secret place when I was naughty playing with them

        • froglips7846

          well goodie for you & ma, maybe you will be lucky & blow yourselves to pieces…then you will help make the world a better place,,,,,,,naughty playing with them or yourself, prevert….ok now, BLOW!!!!

        • froglips7846

          TheDon Corleone

          Look close at the names you stupid azzwipe. wasn’t me.
          idiot

          9:02 p.m., Tuesday June 18
          Reply
          It’s under you comment, dufus,same pic & all!~!!!

          to TheDon Corleone

      • Debbie Zsigray

        Sue you got that right.

    • Joe Smith

      Invasive species? You mean cats who were domesticated by humans and brought here by us are invasive species?

      If anything, humans are the invading species

      What laws says you HAVE to kill them on sight? Explain the dog catcher to me then and why he does not kill the dogs on sight.

      • Debbie Zsigray

        You Joe, that is telling Don

    • Susan B.

      You, sir, are an “invasive-species that SHOULD remain confined and out of non-native habitat. Your the worst kind of human vermin there is!

      • Don Corleone

        No..No..YOU are the invasion-specialist and YOU should rename..umm…you…um..GAY!

        …just wait till my momma comes back…she’s gone to score a dime-bag and we gonna party! Whoo hoo!

        • hottamomma

          keep going don!

          • Don Corleone

            go buy a tooth brush hottamomma…so you can brush your tooth!

          • hottamomma

            i have all my teeth don, but i dont bite

        • Debbie Zsigray

          Don, you are that invasion-specialist and YOU should rename..umm…you…um..GAY!

    • Adrien Chandler

      By that rationale, white humans are an invasive (sub) species who devastated the indigenous populations in North and South America.

    • Debbie Zsigray

      Don, you need to shut up right now!!!!!!!!

    • hottamomma

      tell it like it is don corleone!!!

      • Don Corleone

        keep it to yourself hottamomma – I’m not looking for another loose-toothed redneck to share my stash!

        • hottamomma

          lol lol im very far from being a red neck, but u cam still share. lol lol

    • Debbie Zsigray

      Oh really Don is that what you think? Oh yes I am a CAT LOVER what do you think about that? I have a 9 year old cat and she is spayed.

    • TheDon Corleone

      Thanks to all my fans that agree with my statement!

    • froglips7846

      Who the Hell do you think you are???? These are GOD animals, you are an animal….lummm time to shoot your sorry ass….boom boom

      • TheDon Corleone

        Unlike you, I am a normal human that does not want disease carrying cats defecating in my garden where my children pick vegetables for dinner, you stupid abortion survivor.

  • Larry Crnobrnja

    Freeman also said police will use the incident “as a reminder to be more sensitive. Sometimes we are quick to do our duty,” he said.

    And there’s your problem, North Ridgeville. This police chief believes their duty is to shoot little kittens in public.

    • mj

      no larry the chief was stating that he and his dept act quickly to resolve problems. so when someone breaks into your home maybe the police should slow down and think about the situation before they act. Im sure you would love that. He is a cop, he has a job, to solve problems quickly and provide a safe enviroment for citizens. The guy who shot the kittens, also just doing his job. Hindsight is always raised but at least there was action. Personally i would rather see action in this case instead of a cat population that gets out of control and helps spread disease. very very misinformed larry.

      • Sue Mobley Zambo

        yeah, cause kittens are pretty lethal.

        • mj

          when they grow up and continue to breed and spread disease they will. Look is it a perfect world, no of course not. Do i actively seek to hurt animals, never. But ppl do not realize how bad the problem is. I personally like knowing that the city officials i pay for are going to good use. They spotted a problem and fixed it within the guide lines that existed. Problem with the guidelines, fine, voice it and change them. Condeming these guys for doing their job and doing it well, that is ignorance. Everybody always has a better way of doing it but never want to get their hands dirty.

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            I don’t believe ANY police force in the United States has a policy that instructs any officer to FIRE HIS WEAPON when imminent danger isn’t at hand. Any officer that is quick to pull a weapon and open fire in public when someone’s life isn’t in danger is a menace to society and needs counseling or a new job.

          • Adrien Chandler

            Yup. There was no imminent danger. I know that here that officer would be in BIIIIIG trouble for that alone. North Ridgefield strikes me as a bass-ackwards hillbilly town.

          • hottamomma

            the same thing happen in cleveland and the cops fired 137 shots in public on the unarmed suspects, but no one is picketing or calling for all those cops to be fired

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            Another red herring alert!!! Has nothing to do with the case of kitty killing in North Ridgeville.

            But just for the heck of it, I’m going to prove you wrong again.

            http://www.change.org/petitions/13-cleveland-ohio-city-police-officers-fired-137-shots-killing-unarmed-couple-terminate-charge-arrest-prosecute-the-officers

          • Debbie Zsigray

            Way to go Larry. You said it.

          • hottamomma

            yes larry but all 13 officers didnt get fired did they(none of the officers that did the shooting got fired, so if they didnt get fired killing 2 unarmed humans, then acorti shouldnt get fired killing and unarmed animal. plus what accorti did was in his handbook

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            According to reports, the driver of the car tried to hit police with his vehicle and they fired upon to defend themselves.

            What’s more deadly, five meowing kitties or a car being driven at you? Also, I haven’t heard of any accusations that the kittens were drunk or smoking crack cocaine.

          • hottamomma

            the kittens were drunk and smoking crack (there u have it) and larry the car came at them 20min before they shot not when they shot. so they car came at the 20 min before so its ok to shoot 137 times and kill both? the passenger had nothing to do with it. just at the wrong place at the wrong time just like the kittens

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            “…the car came at them 20min before they shot not when they shot.” – hottamomma

            Uh, no.

          • hottamomma

            human hater! the kittens got shot. oh no!

          • Debbie Zsigray

            AMAN to that Larry.

          • Debbie Zsigray

            Listen lady it is not in his handbook to shut and kill any animals. Ok you think then show us all where it is in his handbook.

          • TheDon Corleone

            It is in the handbook. Google it you stupid skank.

          • hottamomma

            show where it says its illegal(in there handbook)

          • Debbie Zsigray

            Yes it is and that is their job to fired over the unknown suspects ‘s head to get them to stop and lay down on their bellies.

          • hottamomma

            yeah a shot or 2. they shouldve shot kittens 137 times

          • Sue Mobley Zambo

            shooting 5 kittens in front of small children was uncalled for. What exactly do you think that officer taught those children? They could have easily picked those kittens up, put them in a cage and taken them to the APL. Honestly, to me it’s not even about the fact that it was kittens. It was the way it was handled.

          • johns62

            come on people the kids didnt see the guy with his .22. Lots of assumptions going on.

          • hottamomma

            exactly, they were in the house and heard the gun shots and then came out. the parent shouldnt have let them come out when the shot went off

          • Debbie Zsigray

            No the children did not seen him shooting and killing the kittens, but they heard the gun shuts.

          • Debbie Zsigray

            AMAN to that and I agree with you.

          • TheDon Corleone

            The kids were in the house you retarded moron.

          • Susan B

            You state you don’t seek to hurt animals, but give YOUR approval for your PAID city officials to so???????And may I ask, MJ, how many times YOU have rounded up cats or kittens and taken them to a shelter so they can be fixed and hopefully adopted out???? Hmmmm……..No, you would rather “pay” to have others do it for you. The “guidelines” yes need to be change and that is what we are aiming to do now, BUT this HUMANE officer was certainly in the wrong here, and SOME type of disciplinary action is warranted.

          • Adrien Chandler

            NOT if you catch them, get them to rescue, foster them, FIX them and rehome them. THIS IS NOT F’ING ROCKET SCIENCE, PEOPLE!! TNR for the “wild” cats/ferals and colony management is the only good and humane way to handle the situation. For crying out loud, they are doing it down south in Spartanburg, SC!! And lots of other places. You people advocating killing animals are the real beasts here.
            https://www.facebook.com/spartanburganimalservices?fref=ts

          • Debbie Zsigray

            You said it.

          • hottamomma

            well put mj. the guy was just doing his job. and they want him fired. thats like a truck driver picking up a load and dont know its drugs in the boxes, should he get fired for doing his job(just delivering his load) no

          • Debbie Zsigray

            hottamomma, you he is doing his job that is BS to shout and kill 5 baby kittens the way he did, that is no job.

          • hottamomma

            if it was in the policy which they said it was, then he was doing his job. if anything people should try geting the policy changed instead of trying to get someone fired for doing what was in the work policy. yes it was wrong to a lot of people but all he did was what he was told, so he should be condemned because of it. just get the policy changed thats all

          • Debbie Zsigray

            The policy does not say to kill 5 baby kittens does it? NO IT DOES NOT. The policy does not say to kill ANIMALS THAT IS INCLUDING BABY KITTENS, He did that on his own.

          • hottamomma

            it doesnt say dont kill 5 kittens either.

      • Larry Crnobrnja

        Red herring ALERT!!!

        What does a home invasion have to do with how the (in)humane officer killed those kittens?

      • Susan B

        MJ….your scenario is a little scewed here. I don’t think “quickness” to resolve THIS problem was needed in that velocity as no one was “at THAT moment” being harmed or threatened. Yes, he is a cop BUT also titled “HUMANE” officer. He wasn’t there as a cop……..he was called out to HUMANELY take care of the kittens & their mother. His job was faulty to that point since the mother ran away as the gun was fired, so now she is left to have more kittens. And you sir, can sit and worry more now about the cat population and spread of disease at your back door. So much for “quick thinking”!

  • Deacon

    This got way out of hand. The animal warden position should be eliminated and let those concerned pay for the spaying and neutering.

    • Debbie Zsigray

      AMAN

  • Chad

    I just think it’s sad that groups of people become outraged and begin to mobilize when some kittens get shot, but nobody shares the same purpose to act when school children lose their lives to gun violence.

    • Larry Crnobrnja

      Red Herring ALERT!!!

      • TheDon Corleone

        IT IS YOUR CIVIC AND MORAL RESPONSIBILITY TO DESTROY ANY INVASIVE-SPECIES WHEN FOUND AWAY FROM SAFE CONFINEMENT AND OUT IN A NON-NATIVE HABITAT. In fact, it is against the law to NOT destroy an invasive-species on-sight. Since cats are genetically engineered through selective-breeding and no longer have ANY native habitat ANYWHERE on earth, these laws include cats. This is precisely how they are dealt with on my own land, destroyed by using any and all methods.

        All of this much to the dismay of criminally irresponsible and psychotic cat-lovers who are desperately trying to raise these invasive-species cats to some absurd level of “Community Cats”. If they do that then I’ll just raise “Community Pet Piranha” and release them in all your lakes and pools, or “Community Pet Black-Mambas” and release them in all your backyards and parks, then claim the exact same protections for them as cat-advocates want for their invasive-species cats. It’d only be fair! Are you starting to see just how absurd and ludicrous these cat-advocates are yet?

        • froglips7846

          oh go play in the street, an eighteen wheeler is coming & has your name on it & that one called hottamama needs to go play in the street with you…..have FUN!!!

    • Sue Mobley Zambo

      that’s not true. There was a huge push to do something about it. The NRA squashed that. I’m surprised they haven’t come out and endorsed this guy yet.

    • Tamara Mullins-Saenz

      REALLY What country do you live in cuz here in the good ole USA we always stand up for anyone or thing who is killed by psychos with a gun

    • Debbie Zsigray

      I disagree with you on that, Yes we all are outraged when children do lose their lives to gun violence, but we also are also outraged about this guy did what he did. He should not shut and killed these 5 BABY KITTENS the way he did.

  • g

    GOOD! if I lived near by I would have to. that individual should be fired along with any represenitave that thinks it “was ok”. you ALL SHOULD BE DISMISSED ,NO PAY OR BENEFITS! YOUR THE PEOPLE THAT ABUSE AUTHORITY AND HIDE BEHIND A BADGE YOU COWARDLY IGNORANT SCUMBAGS. HOPEFULLY SOMEONE RETURNS THE CRIME TO ALL OF YOU THAT THINK THIS IS ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOR . YOU DEFFINATLY DESERVE IT.

    • Debbie Zsigray

      AMAN TO THAT.

  • mj

    The problem here is people that do not care for their pets. How did the cats get there to begin with? Most likely someone had a house cat they didnt want anymore and just let it go. It happens all the time. There are WAY to many wild cats. Although they are useful on farms they spread disease. A friend of mine lives in NR and his irresponsible neighbors allow their cats to roam. The cats leave waste in my freind’s flower beds. Their excuse is that they are teaching their daughter responisbility and leaving the decision to her. Great parents right there. I personally do not feel bad. Five kittens out of the hundreds that roaming, not a big loss. A little less disease and filth, i saw we are all better off for it. All those protestors are probably the people who leave their cats out to destory the neighborhood. Oh, and to the old man how says that his property is worthless bc of this situation, DUMBEST STATEMENT EVER. Maybe its time to consider a nursing home.

    • Sue Mobley Zambo

      I agree that people who don’t care for their pets are a problem, however the manner in which the situation was handled was completely unnecessary and INHUMANE. I live on 8 acres and am surrounded by farms and some other homes. We have a garden and there are strays and barn cats all over. I have never found a cat turd in my garden. I’m not sure what disease you are talking about being spread? People get sicker eating produce that has been defecated on and contaminated by other humans. If you hate cats, you hate cats, but to blame them for spreading mayhem and disease is just silly.

      Shooting 5 kittens in front of children was inexcusable, good God, what is so hard to understand about that? What kind of lesson do you think the policeman with the gun taught those small children? This world is sad enough as it is, why add to it unnecessarily?

      • mj

        u live on a farm, trying living in the city and seeing 100 cats roaming all over everywhere. As for the cat waste. It is everywhere and it is proven that cat waste helps spread disease. Liek when i have to was my dog off for rolling in it. I handle it, and got sick form it so please spare me the b.s. that cat waste doesnt help spread disease.

        • Sue Mobley Zambo

          I didn’t say that cat waste doesn’t spread disease, I was merely asking what disease you were talking about. I don’t live on a farm either, I live near a few of them. I agree that stray animals are a big problem. We’re just offering differing opinions on how the situation was handled. There was no reason to shoot 5 kittens to death on a city street in front of children. Period.

        • Adrien Chandler

          Aaaaannnd… how many of those cats are owned? How many are dumped, displaced house cats? How many are feral?? People should be banned from letting their cats roam unless they are on a farm or in some other working capacity to catch and kill rodents. There should be heavy penalties for DUMPING any animal. Every single one of those “ferals” were owned animals at one time… depending on the generation. But killing kittens that could have been rehabbed easily…. drawing a firearm w/o imminent danger… firing said weapon within close proximity to homes… and with children present…. Accorti should be charged for the firearms violations at a minimum.. .and most definitely animal cruelty. All of OHIO needs its animal welfare laws revamped. In the animal welfare world… OHIO is considered a hell hole for animals with few exceptions. You still heartstick and gas… We have our issues in Michigan, too. We are trying to solve ours. What are YOU doing??

          • Chip Rathwell

            There are already penalties for shooting a gun in the city when no ones well being is in jeopardy! It’s not about cats! He broke the Law!! He should have to pay a fine to the court of North Ridgeville like any other citizen! NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW!!!

        • Debbie Zsigray

          That is a STUPIT STATEMENT MJ, if you think CATS SPREAD DISEASE THEN CALL DCD.

          • froglips7846

            agree Debbie, YES a stupid statement, MJ, cause HUMANS spread disease too

        • sueishere
        • froglips7846

          well, humans spread alot of diseases, & that dude is Not BS, it’s the truth, dude….as far as dog rolling in it, mine has rolled in alot worse, but i did not get sick, still here….alot of humans & animals too spread disease, NOT just cats!!! Say NO to Animal Abuse…spay/neuter animals/pets

    • Larry Crnobrnja

      The important issue isn’t that five mean kitties were capped by a clown, the problem is THERE IS A CLOWN ROAMING THE STREETS FIRING HIS WEAPON WHENEVER HE FEELS LIKE IT! And the police chief and mayor don’t have the intelligence to understand the danger.

      The clown said he was sending those kittens “to kitty Heaven”. That shows you that he is a few cards short of a full deck.

    • Debbie Zsigray

      I have news for you MJ cats do not spread disease, rats and mice does, that is CATS does help get rid of disease rats and mice.

      • sueishere

        I know what you are saying. For ALL the diseases cats carry how many people are infected?? It is the way people were raised Debbie. Being taught that cats are filthy, disease carrying animals. I love how someone said that “feral” cats carry disease. Does that mean when a cat is tamed the disease is POOF, gone? These people have never had a cat yet try to sound like experts. God Bless. (I am so thankful I wasn’t brought up to hate.)

  • Bob Sweatt

    Here we go again. *rolls his eyes*

    • John Stilitz

      LIBRARY

      CAN YOU CATCH A DISEASE FROM YOUR CAT?
      by Lorraine Shelton

      My introduction to zoonoses, diseases that can spread from animals to man, came in the form of an annoying upper respiratory infection that would not clear up. Many years ago I used to buy imported parrots from a quarantine station, bring them home, and tame them for sale as pets. I knew that this practice was slightly injurious to my health, as I sported bruises and scars from parrot bites so severe that a total stranger was prompted to give me the phone number of a battered women’s shelter! But I didn’t realize that these assaults to my flesh were not the only injuries I could sustain from my daily contact with pet birds.

      My doctor suspected that I had contracted psittacosis, a chlamydial infection of birds that can cause pneumonia in humans. Although easily cured in healthy young adults as myself with a course of antibiotics, this disease can be lifethreatening in immunocompromised persons, such as the very young and the elderly. After hearing this frightening news, I started to treat every incoming parrot for this disease as well as test them prior to sale to make sure I would not spread this disease to an unsuspecting pet owner.

      Since that time I have learned that it is important for my doctor to know my hobbies and my occupation so that he can be aware of diseases that other patients may not be at risk for. And I became aware of the potential for legal liability if one of my customers should become sick following the sale of one of my animals.

      Most zoonoses are very difficult to “catch”. The organism that causes
      psittacosis is the same one that causes the very common chlamydial eye and respiratory infections in cats. However, the spread of this organism from cat to human is much rarer than from bird to human. However, in this day and age it is much more likely that one day we will place a pet into a home with an immunocompromised person. Lowering of the immune system by chemotherapy for cancer, prolonged use of steroids, or HIV infection increases the risk that a pet kitten may spread one of a variety of diseases to an unsuspecting new owner.

      Ringworm is probably the most common zoonosis of cats. It was quite common when I was working in the veterinary hospital to see a kitten come in covered in ringworm lesions, and to find that the owner was also vigorously scratching at suspicious-looking red scaly patches of skin! The ringworm fungus was cultured from 4-35% of asymptomatic cats at four different cat shows and studies of catteries suggest that as many as 40% of all cats may be asymptomatic carriers of ringworm. If you have EVER had ringworm in your cattery, chances are it will pop up again. I advise all cattery owners to inspect their kitten sales contracts carefully and consider putting in a warning about the possibility of ringworm infection. Otherwise, you may see yourself in court someday trying to
      defend yourself against a demand for reimbursement for the costs of medical treatment for a six year old and all the children in his first grade class. I have not yet heard of a situation where a cattery owner was held liable for severe fungal infection in an AIDS patient, but that is probably only a matter of time.

      Bacterial Infections can be spread from cats to humans. Bacteria are usually secondary infectious agents that follow viral or mycobacterial infections. Animals with diarrhea can be a source of infection to humans, as diarrhea more effectively contaminates the environment with pathogens than does a formed stool buried neatly in kitty litter. Most bacterial zoonoses (campylobacteriosis, streptococci, staphylococci) clear up readily with antibiotics. The most common bacterial zoonosis is the gram-negative organism Pasteurella. Approximately 60-75% of normal cats carry this bacteria in their mouths. Cat bite wounds should be cleaned carefully with antibiotic cleansers such as Nolvasan. An
      antibiotic ointment should be applied. Inflammation of the wound site or fever following a cat bite indicate that medical attention is required and systemic antibiotics may be indicated.

      Salmonella bacteria can be shed in cat stools and are more common in cats fed raw meat or those that catch wild birds. Hand washing following litterbox cleaning or handling of stools is effective in limiting spread to humans, as infection follows a fecal to oral route. Another gram negative bacteria causes tularemia infections. These are found in cats that catch wild rabbits or rodents and this bacteria may also be spread to humans. This, of course, is not a pathogen we need to worry about in our closed catteries.

      Cat Scratch Disease is one everyone has heard of, but only very recently has the causative agent been identified. The bacteria Rochalimaea henselae was cultured from over 40% of cats surveyed in a population of shelter cats. But more importantly to us as cattery owners, the organism was also found to be carried by cat FLEAS. The disease causes systemic illness and lymph node lesions and can be very serious in immunocompromised individuals. Antibiotic therapy
      usually cures the disease without complications in healthy young adults.
      Clearing the bacteria from infected cats requires long term antibiotic
      treatment, however, and cats may be continuously or intermittently infected indefinitely. Again, caution is urged following cat bites and scratches and the potential for the transmission of this bacteria should be another impetus to keeping the cattery free of fleas. Cat Scratch Disease is a fairly common disease with an incidence of about 0.8 cases per 100,000 population. Again, the risk of causing severe infections in immunocompromised pet owners needs to be considered.

      Parasitic Diseases are also potential zoonoses. Roundworm eggs can infect humans, particularly children, through a fecal to oral route. Tapeworm eggs, on the other hand, are not directly infectious to people. Feline strains of coccidia and giardia do not appear to be infectious to humans. Much media attention has been brought to the zoonotic potential of toxoplasmosis, a type of coccidia that can cause birth defects in unborn babies. However, poorly cooked meat is a much more significant source of infection than pet cats. Oocysts (eggs) must incubate for three days before becoming infectious to people, so
      regular litterbox sanitation and hand washing following this procedure is
      adequate to prevent exposure. Pregnant women may be advised to wear gloves when handling cat feces or, better yet, assign another family member to this job.

      Viruses are extremely species specific. Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, Feline Infectious Peritonitis, and Feline Leukemia Virus can not cause illness in people. A cat can not catch your “cold”, although there is indication that canine coronavirus infection may potentiate FIP in cats.

      The purpose of this article is not to scare you into thinking that owning
      cats is hazardous to your health. But every hobby has associated risks, and your physician should be aware of the potential that the illness you have may be related to your hobby. I also want to caution breeders that when they are selling kittens, perhaps questions as to the presence of immunocompromised persons in the potential new home may be appropriate. In any case, a good sales contract should deal with the potential of zoonoses and offer you protection against being sued for large medical bills. I recently declined to sell a kitten into a home with an AIDS patient. It hurt me deeply, as I know the comfort that a pet can give, but I was not willing to risk that one of my kittens could cause
      severe illness in an immunocompromised person.

      Keeping a cattery clean, free of fleas, and feeding fresh cooked or processed foods can not only keep your cats healthier, but may also keep you healthier as well. Do not ignore cat scratches or bites and make sure your kitten customers are kept well informed so we can make sure that everyone’s contact with these wonderful animals is as pleasant as possible!

      • Bob Sweatt

        Hey I am with you there. But I am done debating this issue.

        There are to many radical animal lovers on here. You are just wasting your time

        • John Stilitz

          Ditto…..on to more important parts of life.
          Cheers

          • Bob Sweatt

            Cheers.

            But get ready for all the radical animal lovers to comment on your post. Because they will be posting

          • Adrien Chandler

            Oh yeah… people slap labels on other people as a way to try to discredit them… Take your labels and shove ‘em, buster. We were called all kinds of names when we pushed for reforms at our local shelter. That kind of thing happens when people don’t like hearing the truth. Know what? Everything we predicted as positive outcomes… CAME TRUE!! County residents are flocking in to help. They are volunteering. They are donating money and goods. They are now PROUD of their shelter. We are forming a 501c3 to assist in fundraising and adoptions. This turnaround happened in 2.5 years!! And we reached NO KILL status with dogs just this quarter. What have you done to improve your community? It doesn’t detract from helping elderly, children, homeless, the hungry.. and all the other spurious “red herring” arguments people use.

          • Bob Sweatt

            Adrien this is what should matter more then cats. Kids running around disrespecting everything and everyone.

            11-year-olds taken to Detention Home, allegedly caused $30,000 damage to Vermilion school playground

            How about we take care of all these punk kids before we start worrying about what happens to cats and other animals

          • Adrien Chandler

            This is a spurious argument meant to detract. They are not mutually exclusive goals. One does not preclude the other. You can work with kids, feed the hungry, protect the elderly, help the homeless, etc. AND work on animal issues. What do YOU do, personally, to make your community a better place? Not only do I work on animal welfare, I help feed the hungry in our community. As one individual, I cannot do EVERYTHING, but together, people can accomplish a lot.

          • Bob Sweatt

            What do I do??? I am a single father of two kids. I stay home and take care of them and make sure they will grow up to respect others.

            Plus. I give to charity whenever I have the extra money. But none of it goes to any animal causes.

          • Debbie Zsigray

            YOU CAN DO BOTH ID YOU HAVE ABRAIN IN THAT HEAD OF YOUR.

          • Debbie Zsigray

            Bob, I said this before to you and I am going to say it again, YOU ARE AN IDIOT.

          • Bob Sweatt

            You are the most insulting woman I have ever seen. Can you not insult people when you are talking with them??. You just make yourself look childish and immature.

          • Debbie Zsigray

            The only time I do insult people like you is when they said stupit things about Cats, You have been saying stupit things about Cats all week long.I am not being childish and immature as you said that I am, I call it like I see it and read it. Like said I never seen someone like you that so stupit ae animals.ts And people who lov

          • Bob Sweatt

            Geez, do I have you so upset you can’t even type or spell properly?

          • Bob Sweatt

            The only thing I have said about cats, is that they are a waste of space.

            Oh and that the only good cat is a dead one.

            Now if it would have been a dog. I would be right there with you. You crazy spinster cat lady.

          • Chip Rathwell

            Cheers

      • Adrien Chandler

        Aaaand.. what can you catch from birds, dogs, reptiles? Turtles are not a good pet for the disease and bacteria they transmit. So my comment to you here is… SO WHAT?

      • Don Corleone

        Can you catch a sexually transmitted disease from a stray cat?

        (That would explain my rash)

        • Debbie Zsigray

          WHAT AN IDIOT

      • sueishere
  • Don Corleone

    I think Accorti should be given a medal, but I’m an emotionally stunted hillbilly who lives off my guv’ment dis’bility check and like to shoot small animals with my pellet gun while I fant’size ’bout the naybor girlz and boys while they wait to get on the skool bus

    • Bob Sweatt

      LOL There is something very wrong with you. But it is growing on me.

      • Chip Rathwell

        Gotta agree with you on that one Bob!

  • Bob Sweatt

    This is what happens when you care more about animals then people.

    headline from this paper:

    11-year-olds taken to Detention Home, allegedly caused $30,000 damage to Vermilion school playground

    • Don Corleone

      So…they’re going to put a bullett in the kids head, right?

      Undoubtedly, these little nothings will move on to larger crimes. I say they should be given a 45 caliber reason to never commit another crime.

      If they (nor their parents) are going to respect the little laws, they most assuredly will not obey the big ones.

      Heck-fire, I have an even better idea. African warlords recruit 11 year olds all the time to fight. Can we send these into Afghanistan to fight? I’ll bet they can move like the dickens…think of all the bullets the Taliban will waste shooting at them!

    • Debbie Zsigray

      The 11 year old deserve to be in Detention Home. we all do care about people and animals also.

  • Adrien Chandler

    Glad to see North Ridgeville residents in an uproar over this!!! And glad to see people from the surrounding area, too! Turn the anger into action.

  • Annetta Driskell

    I am horrified at some of the ignorance displayed here in a public form. TNR (Trap Neuter and Release) programs are and have been proven to be the only effective way to deal with this issue. When you stop the repopulation the cats, allow them live out their lives, that are btw generally short as ferals they contribute back as rodent control. There is a great deal of documentation in regards to this. Please be informed before you subject all of us to you bogus pontification.

    As far as the ridiculousness in the argument trying to justify these actions with the issue of Toxoplasmosis in a word RESEARCH. You need to do some if you believe this is valid. Toxoplasmosis is found in the soil, whether cats are present or not. And how do you explain that all these cat owners are not all keeling over with this affliction? Mammals can carry rabies and in fact dogs are more frequently affected, but no one uses that as a reason to go in and shoot puppies, do they?

    Yes there is an issue with animal overpopulation, on that we can all agree, the difference is how we deal with the issues. Education in the factual information and the consequences of peoples choices in how to deal with these problems is where the power to change this situation lies.

    People however DO contribute to this problem by dumping animals that are able to reproduce out. These cats at one time were someones pets or offspring of their pets. So the problem is really stemming from people being irresponsible. Please spay and neuter your pets! Stop this awful cycle. In the US every 8 seconds an animal is killed at a “shelter” We consider ourselves a civilized nation with wealth an this is the best we can do for our companion or once companion animals… Really???

    To all the haters in regards to Ohio one way or the other. Yes there are Many ignorant people in Ohio, but that is true of every state. There are also kind, compassionate caring people in Ohio. It is up to the later to inform and educate the former. I grew up in Ohio and chose to leave 25 years ago. It does not matter where you are there is still so much that needs to be done, even in the “progressive” state I live in now. These five kittens just brought some real ugliness into full view, use this public awareness to springboard the changes in attitude that are so desperately needed.

    • Zen Grouch

      Anetta… intelligent post, no really, I’m not being snarky.

      I’ve had a feral cat population in my yard for over a dozen years now, needless to say the neighbors hate my guts. But anyway, at first nature took it’s course with owls, hawks and mountain lions from the hills keeping the population in check. Then one day I noticed a crazy looking lady in my bushes with a hav-a-heart trap in hand snatching up cats from the feral population. She seemed defensive when telling me what she was up to, but I was with her all the way. She belonged to a local feral cat organization which offers more than lip service, as does “Alley Cat Allies.” If you contact ACA for help with feral cats, they’ll send you a solicitation for donations and nothing more. Anyway, these local folks TNR programs that were inexpensive enough for me to get a trap and go to town. Problem is, if just one of those critters refuses to get in the trap, the cycle keeps perpetuating itself if larger critters don’t step in.

      Big problem now is, funds for assisting individuals in neutering cats has dried up, and it isn’t cheap by a long shot.

      So, rather than just writing letters in anger, Alley Cat Allies should actually help those who want to do something, rather than look to blame others for a problem that can easily be solved with a .22 at the cost of a few cents per cat. A cat that nobody wants in the first place.

      It’s like abortion. People cry to high heaven over abortions taking place, yet there are too many children who need caring families, rather than warehouses paid for by the state.

      • Annetta Driskell

        Zen Grouch (great name!) Thank You!

        I have to say that attempting to solve this issue by blowing away kittens with a .22 will not get to the heart of the issue though. Mathematically two healthy adult cats at normal reproduction rates over a period of seven years and their subsequent offsprings’s offspring comes to 420,000. Staggering. That is a lot of kittens, here in lies the problem.

        It is a bit of work, but FaceBook is an amazing resource to find organizations that TNR. You can search the terms TNR, Feral, Neuter, Spay Homeless cats + Facebook + your city on Google. Once you find an organization on FB look at their ‘Likes’ they will usually have other related/like organizations listed.

        You can get help from these local grass roots organizations that do not support a big marketing campaign.

        Also you can support them in many ways beyond donating money, which is always good! :-) I foster care and socialize kittens trapped from the colonies so they can be adopted out, after they are spayed/neutered. Also I donate goods and time to a thrift shore that helps fund a low cost S/N clinic. Tomorrow I am painting the bathroom at their facility. Also you can donate products or services to be auctioned or raffled off. Just explaining and educating people by talking to them helps as well connecting them to resources. There are so many ways people can help.

        This problem will not be solved overnight, it was not created overnight, but we did create and we are responsible to correct it in the best way possible. Any thing that one can contribute, no matter how seemingly insignificant helps.

        “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. Mahatma Gandhi

        • Zen Grouch

          There are a lot of groups out there offering help, while giving their pitch for donations. Then when you try to get them to help with absorbing some of the cost of neutering feral cats, they’ll turn their backs on you.

          That’s just the nature of the beast. Donations are down and the cost of neutering is up.

          Once upon a time http://www.actorsandothers.com would give me valuable coupons to have the ferals in my yard cut, but even these good people have to face the financial reality and no longer give the help they once did for wild animals, so that they can help people with their companion animals.

          If it were as easy as going to Facebook to find assistance, then why is it that nobody is doing this in Lorain County?

          It’s a matter of dollars, and sometimes, grim but true, it’s just best to put unwanted animals down on the spot.

          Once again, I’ve taken in and rehabilitated about a half dozen kittens, but when I’ve gone to the county pound, there are way more really beautiful, tame kittens there than will ever be adopted out. Meaning they’re gonna get put down.

          In the beginning, I gathered up about a 7 kittens, put them in a box, called animal control to be told that they were going to put them down that night, because there was no way they would be adopted out even if they housed them until they died from old age.

          Just the way it is.

          BTW… with all of this publicity and outrage, how many organizations have come forward to offer up any kind of a solution that includes an infusion of cash from the private sector?

          The way people are on this message board bemoaning the fact that these cat killings have lowered their property value and they’re getting out of town, you would think that they could each pony up $500 a year to find a solution, that would keep their home values from going down the toilet… I mean, that is if they know what in the heck they’re blathering about.

          • Annetta Driskell

            Hmmm.. Well maybe this is the time for local people to organize some groups to help with TNR. Where exactly are you located?

            These groups are formed by ordinary citizens that want to see this situation handled humanely. Here is an article that explains why TNR programs are gaining ground.

            http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/pets/Study-shows-more-communities-support-humane-treatment-of-feral-cats-.html

          • Zen Grouch

            The group that helped me out was called Feral Cat Alliance, but has since changed it’s name to Stray Cat Alliance ( http://www.straycatalliance.org )

            The woman in my Los Angeles county neighborhood who first started trapping and neutering the cats in my yard is a tireless volunteer. I often see her being dragged down the street by huge dogs she’s trying to rehabilitate for adoption, and often dropping off donated cat food on my porch to feed the protected feral population in my yard.

            FWIW, here’s something from the the FAQs of http://www.straycatalliance.org

            ***When Good People Get Bad Advice

            The volunteers of Stray Cat Alliance recognize that people who want to do the right thing often receive the wrong advice, and that results can be tragic. Years of assisting with the same situations has resulted in the creation of several unwavering positions on policy.

            1) Concerned citizens call to say animal control officers have ordered them to stop feeding. Stray Cat Alliance urges those people to actually feed the cats, even if someone else tells them not to. To just stop feeding cat, dependent on a human for food, is cruelty to animals — they can and do starve to death.

            2) Additionally, Stray Cat Alliance has encountered numerous situations in which other well-meaning individuals are told by animal control to trap the cats and bring them to the pound. The organization’s policy is to completely disagree and to tell people not to surrender cats to their death sentence. Stray Cat Alliance does not to support any city codes that promote cruelty, and instead provides the public humane solutions about:

            *spay/neuter
            *moving
            *feeding
            *collaborating with neighbors’ complaints
            *cleaning up feces
            *maintaining a neat, tidy feeding area
            *strategically placing safe, approved cat deterrents
            *and much more…***

          • Annetta Driskell

            Where are you located? LA, Lorain, OH I am not sure. I will try to help you find some local help, but I need to know where to look.

            BTW I am taking in two new fosters tomorrow!

          • Zen Grouch

            Like I said above, I live in Los Angeles county and don’t really need any help now. The protected feral colony in my yard has been cut, as shown on clipped ear tips.

            With the outrage in your neighborhood, I’m thinking more work needs to be done there. I have seen $50 neutering services in Lorain county which isn’t too bad.

            But it is easier to call the authorities, then complain when they do what they say they’re going to do and kill the kittens, but not in the manner one expected.

            Once again, the woman who complained about the cats on her property was told they would be put down, and she was fine with that…

            …until

  • mrt05

    Its fn terrible that there would be more comments on some feral cats getting shot and put down humanley then a child be killed by his mothers boyfriend.Get a life and get rid of those unwanted pests.I had to get rid of cats from my neigborhood before.Those dam things were digging holes in my back yard.Cats should also need to be tagged.

    • TheDon Corleone

      cat lovers are sick twisted freaks.

      I hope one of them feral disease carrying cats comes to visit my property.

      I AM NOT HUMANE.

  • froglips7846

    all of thwe so called law enforcement need to be put on probation for thwe act of this stupid cop, Accorti & Freeman need to be GONE!!! They are not what we, the citizens want in police protection…should be out catching criminals instead of shooting kitties, around children even!! Just iresponsible actions.

    • TheDon Corleone

      Accorti & Freeman are hero’s

  • HumaneHuman

    I will not even dignify Don Corleone with a reply…he apparently has a very small penis and uses his guns to make up for his lack of manhood….My question to everyone, however, is why does a Humane Officer carry a gun in the first place???? I could see a dart gun to immobilize a vicious animal…..a mad dog is the only one that comes to mind in this area….or possibly a coyote…or even a black bear….ALL quite rare in these parts…..OK fine–carry a gun if you are in pursuit of one of these animals…OR…call the police! WTf said it was ok for a “Humane’ (the irony is lost on Don Corleone obviously) Officer to KILL some kittens…..(I’m sure Don would advocate the use of an AK 47 on kittens and puppies as well eh Don?)

    • TheDon Corleone

      GUNS are the answer for ALL nuisance cats. PERIOD.

  • froglips7846

    this dude TheDon Corleone is not worth a thought. He says he does not want his kids playing where kittlies have been & their veggies, WELL, Mr. Dude you don’t like the kitties but what about you & your ma having a meth lab, your words, “I don’t drink no hooch…my momma and me gots our own meth lab! ” Don Corleone Bet you rug rats like the lab…..just get out of my air space, you pollute

    • TheDon Corleone

      Look close at the names you stupid azzwipe. wasn’t me.

      idiot

  • Sandi Beach

    It’s interesting that when there was a snake loose in an apartment building in Lorain, the police (not a “humane” officer) was able to capture it in a pillow case without harming the animal or needlessly discharging a weapon. Obviously, Lorain police are more intelligent about these types of matters. Another point is that I have worked in a hospital ER full time for 5 years and I can count on one hand how many patients came in to be treated for a cat bite and most were bitten by their own pet cat. Most feral cats are so scared, you can’t even get close enough to get bit.

  • froglips7846

    So Who is this dude who calls himself….TheDon Corleone?????

    • Larry Crnobrnja

      Obviously a child with a lack of masculinity issue.

  • Laura W

    this
    is a copy of a letter I have sent to the Mayor and City council members—-North
    Ridgeville is warm and neighborly…these are your words yet after hearing,
    seeing and reading about the recent actions of your so called Humane officer I
    find this hard to believe. To fire a gun in a residential neighborhood is bad
    enough but to murder defenseless kittens in front of children is inexcusable.
    What a way to educate your children on the morals and humanity of man. Don’t be
    surprised if the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder you have endeared on each child
    that has witnessed and / or heard of this cowardly action comes back to haunt
    you one day. In a society already inundated with gun violence, you have single
    handedly displayed first-hand how it is done and taught those children all
    about it. Shame on you all….

  • Nancy Willis

    All of these comments and most of them are nothing but cheap shots at each other. I find it absolutely repulsing that Accorti felt that the only option he had was to shoot a group of kittens. If that is a reflection of what happens when he thinks/acts quickly to what is happening in front of him then he should lose his job.

  • froglips7846

    ahhh, so where did the mouth go, TheDon Corleone,