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Ohio SPCA threatens lawsuit against North Ridgeville

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is formally asking the city to immediately stop the shooting of animals and to fire or suspend the humane officer involved in the recent shooting of five kittens or risk a lawsuit to force the city to halt the practice.

“This letter is to inform your offices that unless Officer (Barry) Accorti is immediately removed from his position and subjected to disciplinary actions and charges filed in criminal court,” the OSPCA will file a lawsuit seeking the changes, according to John A. Bell, an attorney in the Columbus suburb of Bexley, who represents the state organization.

The letter, dated Tuesday, was sent to Mayor David Gillock, Police Chief Michael Freeman and City Law Director Andrew Crites.

Bell said in the letter that while the state SPCA has no legal authority to conduct a criminal prosecution, the Ohio Court of Appeals “has recently held … that OSPCA has standing to sue to stop illegal killings of companion animals” by the city and its employees.

Police Chief Michael Freeman declined comment Wednesday, saying he had not yet received or read the letter.

In a recorded message left in response to calls for comment, Crites, who also had not yet received the letter, said “by no means will any threats or allegations contained in that letter alter the city’s decision on how to handle this matter and evaluate procedures at all.”

Crites went on to say that “the city is going to continue to do what we said we would do, which is talk with the county’s Friendship Animal Protective League to evaluate the city’s animal complaint procedures and potentially develop new policy, and we’ll let everyone know once that process is over.”

Bell, who could not be reached for comment, maintains Accorti violated several state criminal statutes relating to “injuring animals,” “cruelty to animals” and “discharge of firearms on or near prohibited premises.”

Bell quoted a state law that relates to “injuring animals” and states “no person shall maliciously, or willfully, and without the consent of the owner, kill or injure” a wide array of animals including horses, sheep, dogs and cats.

Most accounts of the shooting of five kittens by Accorti on June 10 after a homeowner asked for help in getting rid of them did not indicate the woman owned the animals. But Bell said another section of Ohio law deems it illegal to needlessly mutilate or kill an animal.

Bell also maintained Accorti violated state law covering discharge of a firearm “on or near prohibited premises” when he fired five shots in the backyard of the woman’s home.

The OSPCA asked that the city provide written confirmation by June 28 of acting on the demands made by the organization.

The letter states Accorti shot and killed the kittens with a rifle, but police have stated the humane officer used a .22-caliber pistol.

“Given the public outcry, it is hard to believe that any of your offices would want OSPCA to have to publicly lay out all of that evidence (which it claimed to have obtained) in a public courtroom,” Bell said.

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


  • FRED SONGER

    I UNDER HOW THAT (Barry) Accorti WOULD LIKE IF SOMEBODY CAME TO HIS HOME AND SHOOT animal LIKE HE DID

    • notyourdaughter

      He probably has already shot all the animals around his home. Safe place to live, that North Ridgeville. No dangerous kittens, chipmunks, or squirrels around to harm us…..just make sure you dodge the flying bullets!!!! It’s another case of men who like to play with their “toys” and bullheaded people not “gonna let anyone tell us what to do”. Ahhhhhhhhh….Ohio. Place where women were held hostage for years in Cleveland, another case in the news of a woman “slave” and her child just south of Cleveland, a man who killed and dismembered three people and somehow got them stuffed down a tree trunk in a forest north of Columbus and , of course, the childhood home of Casey Anthony! Ahhhhh…..Ohio.

    • Darsenault

      Hey Good people don’t bother because all I have read is paranoid, weird and stupid people so animal lovers and anyone with a high school diploma don’t visit this post or Ohio.

    • Woodsman001

      Oh, good grief. Am I going to have to post all this valuable information

      http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2013/06/19/c-t-straw-poll-respondents-favor-punishment-for-officer/

      AGAIN, until these cat-licking morons figure it out?

    • Woodsman001

      The law in the USA is that it is perfectly legal to destroy any animal, someone’s pet or not, that is threatening the health, well-being, and safety of yourself, your family, your animals, or even your property. Also true even in most densely populated cities, firearms laws permitting, if not then 700-1200fps air-rifles are commonly used. The newer ones even come with a sound-suppressor design built right-in, being designed specifically for shooting vermin cats in urban areas, the demand is that great. The only animals exempt from you taking immediate action, legally, are those listed on endangered or threatened species lists, and any bird species under protection of MBTA (the Migratory Bird Treaty Act). Even then variances can be given should there be sufficient problem but this requires further study by authorities. Since cats are listed in the TOP 100 WORST invasive species of the world in the “Global Invasive Species Database” ( http://www.issg.org/database/species/ecology.asp?si=24&fr=1&sts=sss ), this means they have no protection whatsoever from being shot on sight, they are not on any protected species list anywhere in the world. Quite the opposite. And as a matter of fact, if your local-law obeys and enforces all invasive species laws, AS THEY SHOULD, then it is against the law to NOT destroy any cat found away from supervised containment. (This is precisely how I managed to clear out every last one of hundreds of these invasive species vermin cats from my own lands. On the sound advice of the sheriff. Even he found that trying to reason with and warn the cat-lickers did no good. But shooting every last cat finally worked! My lands have been 100% cat-free for nearly 4 years now, for less than the price of a couple cups of coffee for the ammo.)

      Shoot to maim is punishable under the laws that define animal-cruelty, and rightly so, (these are the ONLY cases that cat-lickers cite to try to manipulate and scare everyone from shooting their only favorite animal). But shoot to kill is a perfectly legal way to humanely destroy an animal. The same laws and principles that apply to methods of humanely hunting animals also applies to cats. (Hint: outfit your rifle with a good scope and laser-sight, inexpensive on ebay. This will ensure a totally humane, instant, and LEGAL kill each and every time. Though use a fatal chest-shot, a head-shot is not always a sure thing.) Unlike cat-lickers’ psychotic beliefs, the reality is that a cat is just another animal. It’s NOT their baby, their child, their offspring. Even if they do view their cats that way, letting them roam free is no less criminally irresponsible than them telling their child to go play in the freeway and then blaming the cars for their child’s death. If they let their cat roam free, NO MATTER HOW IT DIES, that is THEIR fault and they can be charged with all laws that clearly define animal-neglect, animal-abandonment, and animal-endangerment. Not to mention being in direct violation of all international invasive species laws in existence.

      In fact, here’s a publication from a study done by the University of Nebraska on the best ways to HUMANELY deal with a feral-cat problem wherever you live. This documentation INCLUDES the best firearms, ammo, and air-rifles required to HUMANELY destroy cats. deenawinter.files.wordpress.com/2010/12/ec1781.pdf

      Besides, what difference does it make if the cat gets shot or ran over by a car, attacked by another cat or animal, drowned, or poisoned by plants animals or chemicals (inexpensive 1-adult-strength generic acetaminophen pain-relievers gaining in popularity, for being so species specific, far far safer than antifreeze and rat-poisons that cat-lickers have forced everyone else into using lately). The result is the same. The cause is the same — the fault of the criminally irresponsible pet-owner that let their invasive species pet roam free. They’ve already proved that their animal is 100% expendable. You can either destroy their cat for them humanely, or let their lack of care cause it to inevitably die inhumanely. They don’t care one bit how their cat might cruelly suffer to death if they let it roam free. Humanely destroy their cat for them before that can happen. A well aimed bullet is the MOST humane death that ANY stray or feral cat can ever look forward to. Any other death that they WILL eventually face is all inhumanely downhill from there.

    • Woodsman001

      You might also enjoy knowing …

      If you advocate for cats as rodent-control on farms and ranches you’ve already doomed them to being destroyed by drowning or shooting when it becomes a financial liability more than any asset. Ranchers and farmers worldwide are fully aware that cats’ Toxoplasma gondii parasite can cause the very same birth defects (hydrocephaly and microcephaly), still-births, and miscarriages in their livestock and important wildlife as it can in pregnant women. Consequently, this is also how this cats’ brain-parasite gets into your meats and onto your dinner-tables, from herbivores ingesting this cat-parasites’ oocysts in the soils, transferred to the plants and grains that they eat. Not even washing your hands in bleach will destroy this parasites’ oocysts if you have contracted it from your garden or yard that a cat has defecated in.

      This is why any cats are ROUTINELY destroyed around gestating livestock and wildlife management areas in the most efficient, humane, and least expensive method available. Common rural practice everywhere. The risk of financial loss from dead livestock and important native wildlife from an invasive species cat is far too great to do otherwise. This cats’ parasite is now even killing off rare marine mammals along all coastal regions from run-off containing this cat-parasites’ oocysts.

      The next time you bite into that whole-grain veggie-muffin or McBurger, you need to just envision biting down on a shot-dead or drowned kitten or cat. For that’s precisely how that food supply got to your mouth — whether you want to face up to it or not. It’s not going to change reality no matter how much you twist your mind away from the truth of your world.

      If you want to blame someone for the drowning and shooting of cats, you need to prosecute yourself — every time you eat.

  • Zen Grouch

    **”Ohio Court of Appeals “has recently held … that OSPCA has standing to
    sue to stop illegal killings of companion animals” by the city and its
    employees.”**

    OK, two things… the killings weren’t “illegal”…

    …and feral cat’s aren’t “companion animals.”

    **Freakin’ lawyers, ‘eh?**

    • Joe Smith

      The kittens would have been fine as companion pets, the mom not so much

      • Zen Grouch

        If they weren’t feral cats, then it seems that someone would have reported the mother missing, in the time that it took these kittens to stink up and flea infest the yard of the woman who called the authorities in. The same woman who was cool with the kittens being killed…

        …but oh no! Not in MY backyard!

        • Joe Smith

          A cat who is ready to have kittens can walk away from the house and have the kittens without being noticed and where exactly do you go to to report a missing cat that the “humane” officer would see before he shot the kittens and did he check this reporting facility before he killed them?

          Also, kittens are not born with fleas and if they had them it could be taken care of in 15 minutes by a vet or shelter

          • Zen Grouch

            **”and where exactly do you go to to report a missing cat”**

            Are the humane officers responsible for EVERYTHING?!

            Have you ever heard of posting a “MISSING CAT” flyer on a telephone pole, or bulletin board?

            In a chain of stupid events something happens that not everyone agrees with, and the poor schmo who actually takes action is the one who gets in trouble…

          • Joe Smith

            You acted like that a cat must be feral because no one reported it. One, you have no idea if they were a flyer up or whatever and the cat could have walked away minutes before it had the kittens, thats what cats and other animals do as instinct, they don’t want to be seen while giving birth as they are vulnerable during that time as these kittens found out.

            The stupid event was a person who was supposed to be a “humane” officer shoots helpless kitten’s near people where children could be watching and he had no idea if there were a rock in the ground under those dangerous kittens where his shot could ricochet off and hit a child or other person,it was a dumb move all around.

            Shooting the kittens was not necessary and there is zero excuse for putting people in area in danger to shoot the kittens on the spot absolutely zero.

            If one of us was stupid enough to shoot a gun in that backyard near children, we would have been arrested for endangering the people, this guy does not have magic bullets that are safe to shoot near kids. It is either dangerous or it isn’t

            The poor schmo as you put it was an idiot for shooting a gun around people when if he REALLY had to shoot the kittens, he could have picked them up and took them somewhere where it was safe to do so and children would not be around to possibly see it or get hit by a bullet.

          • Debbie Zsigray

            Joe, good luck and trying beat it in Zen’s head ok. It does not work. Believe me I have tried, who’s know you may be able to get it to his head.

          • Zen Grouch

            Actually… I’ve done more for feral cats than you’ll ever *think* about doing.

            Working with a local feral cat organization, I’ve trapped and neutered a colony that lives in my back yard and is taken care of by my wife and I.

            When they go into the neighbor’s yard and get mauled by his dogs… well… that’s life in the big city.

          • Debbie Zsigray

            You act like you are all for what he did.

          • Zen Grouch

            I’m not “all for what he did.” However, I realize that this one person isn’t to blame for a system that put him in a situation where doing what he did probably seemed like the best course of action at the time.

            The howlers here are blaming a single individual who more than likely doesn’t like the killing part of his job as much as you and yours seem to believe.

            #1 Feral cats are a problem that needs a solution.
            #2 People don’t want to invest the cash and/or time to come up with a workable solution.
            #3 When the people on the front line act, they’re going to be attacked no matter what they do. And then probably attacked if they choose to do nothing.

            We place people in no-win situations then sit back and judge when it’s the popular thing to do.

          • Darsenault

            If an animal officer came to my house and did this,well I can’t really say what would happen to them,but what I can tell you from reading the prior posts,that if you don’t like cats that’s fine.But feral cats have a huge purpose in our environment,and they need to be respected,as other wildlife is.If some one went and shot the bears in the zoo and the cubs as well,it would be outrageous!! it’s a poor schmo, and not Illegal to do this,I guess that your just not ready for the real world.

          • Naomi Kropp

            feral cats are an invasive species, they are responsible for the decline and extinction of many bird species.

          • Debbie Zsigray

            We all heard that line before.

          • Woodsman001

            Wow, did you even get past 3rd-grade in that bible-home-schooling you were subjected to?

          • Zen Grouch

            Do you really believe this animal control officer saw a woodpile then started rutting around until he found kittens to kill?

            He was called there by someone who complained that the cats were a health hazard to her children, by way of fleas and smelly fecal matter.

            The officer told her that he would kill the kittens, and she said agreed with this solution.

            Where the train jumped the track was when this person, who could/should have handled her problem several different ways, other than contacting animal control and agreeing to kill the critters, decided that she didn’t care for the way the animals were put down, after the fact.

            Maybe she was upset because when her kids asked why the bad man shot the kittens, she had to say that he killed them because mommy invited him to come over and kill ‘em all.

          • Debbie Zsigray

            Way to go that telling Zen.

          • Debbie Zsigray

            Zen, let me stop you right there. 1_ If a family pet cat is missing, they call APL and other places to see if someone turned in their family cat, 2_they can put up a Missing Cat (s) flyers even on telephone poles and bulletin boards, they also put flyers in stores and post office and every city that they can just to get their beloved cat back.. Zen, I have seen flyers of missing cats. Zen are you that stupid not even know that?

          • Zen Grouch

            Debbie…

            I wouldn’t be so quick to ask people if they’re stupid when you don’t understand where they’re coming from.

    • notyourdaughter

      Why would someone post such a photo? I assume that you’re developmentally disabled.

      • Zen Grouch

        **I assume that you’re developmentally disabled.**

        …probably an easy assumption to make in your little world.

  • TheDon Corleone

    Bell quoted a state law that relates to “injuring animals” and states “no person shall maliciously, or willfully, and without the consent of the owner, kill or injure” a wide array of animals including horses, sheep, dogs and cats.

    But if they are feral, you have every right to shoot them dead.

    • notyourdaughter

      If this is such a good, sound practice, TheDonCorleone (no comment on that!) how come it isn’t common practice across the country? Sounds like North Ridgeville wants to remain a self-contained, 19th century island.

      • hottamomma

        its common in washington and colorado to have marijuana, y isnt it common practice across the country?

    • Debbie Zsigray

      Don, you got that wrong.

      Bell quoted a state law that relates to “injuring animals” and states “no person shall maliciously, or willfully, and without the consent of the owner, kill or injure” a wide array of animals including horses, sheep, dogs and cats.

      But if they are feral, you have every right to shoot them dead
      Ok then where is it in the rule book that states that Feral Cats can be shoot them dead on sight? Feral Cats are apart of the animal kingdom. And you seem to forget where cats came from. Go to the zoo and you will see they are apart of the animal kingdom.

    • sissy700

      Honestly….Can you ‘really’ tell the difference between a cat that is feral and one that just might have been dropped off purposely!!!

    • Darsenault

      Hey your a stranger in my yard,and where I live I can shoot you dead,in my mind your a danger(feral),doesn’t matter the circumstances,there is only 1 way in and 1 way out so TheDonCorleone.Why don’t you come by for a visit unannounced,and we can see what happens,who knows,maybe your a serial killer,maybe not.But as soon as you enter my property,your done.Because I have a legal right to defend my self and my property.you may be a very nice person,but I don’t know that and I don’t speak idiot,so your guilty.So if you come on my property you will be fertilizer I have tamed several feral cats and most of them are dumped house cats.and the ones that can’t be tamed kept the rats and field mice away,with just the cost of a bag of cat food much cheaper than exterminators!!

      • TheDon Corleone

        Hey you need to learn to spell and make complete sentences.

        Thanks!

  • TheDon Corleone

    This letter is going to be a book of revelations to many readers. In particular, many will be surprised to learn that The SPCA’s approach is generally to seize upon an anecdote or a narrow and limited manifestation and/or purpose, and then totally blow it out of proportion to justify its rabid slogans. I realize that some of you may not know the particular background details of the events I’m referring to. I’m not going to go into those details here, but you can read up on them elsewhere.

    Some of us have an opportunity to come in contact with distasteful stuffed shirts on a regular basis at work or in school. We, therefore, may be able to gain some insight into the way they think, into their values; we may be able to understand why they want to encourage the acceptance of scapegoating and demonization. I believe I have finally figured out what makes organizations like The SPCA lock people up for reading the “wrong” types of books or listening to the “wrong” kinds of music. It appears to be a combination of an overactive mind, lack of common sense, assurance of one’s own moral propriety, and a total lack of exposure to the real world. The SPCA has been wasting hours and hours of our time in fruitless conferences and meetings. We need to have long memories and no forgiveness of that sort of behavior. Instead, we must remind The SPCA about the concept of truth in advertising.

    Some reputed—as opposed to reputable—members of The SPCA’s retinue quite adamantly assert that you and I are inferior to destructive, brown-nosing polemics. I find it rather astonishing that anyone could maintain such a thing, but then again, the worst sorts of crass slangwhangers I’ve ever seen commonly succumb to The SPCA’s distortions, deceptions, and delusions. I, not being one of the many sanguinolent stumblebums of this world, do not. Rather, I take pride in telling The SPCA what we all think of it—and boy, do I have some choice words I’d like to use. The SPCA has declared that it’s staging a revolt against everyone who dares to restore the temple of our civilization to the ancient truths. The SPCA is revolting all right; the very sight of it turns my stomach. All kidding aside, it has been trying for quite some time to convince us that mediocrity is a worthwhile goal. I, for one, suggest it take this rotting ordure and dump it where it and its fellow repressive numskulls congregate. At least then we could lay the groundwork for an upcoming attempt to recall the ideals of compassion, nonviolence, community, and cooperation without having to worry that it will drag men out of their beds in the dead of night and castrate them. We must subject The SPCA’s inclinations to the rigorous scrutiny they warrant. We must cast a ray of light on The SPCA’s dirty execrations. And we must announce that we may need to picket, demonstrate, march, or strike to stop The SPCA before it can bask in the vile shine of animalism. Please join me in incorporating these words into our living credo.

    • zianini

      Dear TheDon, maybe you should get your facts straight and realize that there are SEVERAL independent Societies for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCAs) that have nothing to do with the organization that you are most probably referring to called the ASPCA. maybe you should get your facts straight and not attack organizations you know NOTHING about!!!!

  • Larry Crnobrnja

    Yep, these girls look dangerous.

    • TheDon Corleone

      If they come on my property they will be fertilizer.

      • Joe Smith

        Ohhhh what a gangster, you going to a hit out on them killer?

        • Debbie Zsigray

          That is telling Don.

      • Woodsman001

        Same as the hundreds of them that I shot on my own lands. Collared or not, they ALL get shot dead and buried.

    • http://www.facebook.com/beckystoll.mihalak Becky Stoll Mihalak

      Vicious, Larry. Keep them away from North Ridgeville though.

    • Debbie Zsigray

      Larry, they a.re cute just like my cat

    • sueishere

      They’re cute Larry!!!

  • Roxanne

    if we can kill animals of no reason other then the fact that they are breathing why can’t we do that to humans? We are just another type of animal.

    • hottamomma

      we do shoot humans! they just shot 2 humans 137 times

      • sueishere

        Now MA you and I don’t always agree but I am so ticked off that those officers got away with that. The families are suing, lot of good that will do. There is a petition to be signed if you can find it.

    • Debbie Zsigray

      .AMAN TO THAT

  • Paul W. Lewis

    Let’s try to use a small amount of reason in this situation.
    Dealing with FERAL animals isn’t the same as when addressing
    a home housed pet. You don’t sing “Soft Kitty” to get wild animals to jump into a net and you definitely don’t handle them with “kid gloves”.
    If the kind folks wish to volunteer to capture these beasts in question and undergo the rabies shots that may go along with the task, then more power to them
    Until then, they need to cocentrate their efforts on the animals that are submitted to them for dispersal.
    Accorti ;is a better judge of how to handle his assigned job than somebody who isn’t really involved in the local problem.

    • Victoria Ansaldo

      your another one, sick

    • jackerella

      They were not “beasts”, these were tiny kittens, and there are very easy ways to capture them. Plus, there are already thousands of volunteers across the country who will trap spay/neuter and return feral cats. In no way is it justified to shoot kittens just because they are homeless. I found both of my cats on my property as feral kittens. I very easily brought them in my home and cared for them. No rabies shots needed. Anyone who is okay with this are just cat haters, and most would probably change their tune if it were a litter of stray puppies shot dead point blank. As decent human beings we need to stand up for the most vulnerable and voiceless among us…that includes animals.

    • notyourdaughter

      There is no reasoning with North Ridgeville. It’s Mayberry (without the “niceness” ).

    • sueishere

      Rabies, really????

  • mj

    This has gone way to far. The guy did his job. Feral cats run loose all over every neighborhood. They carry with them diseases and they disperse their waste everywhere. They probably started out as pets until irresponsible pet owners cast them out. I have friends in N.R. and i see it often, too often actually. All these complaints, people calling for this guys head, imagine your daughter tries to feed these cats and gets rabies, gets an eye clawed out. Will you be singing the same tune? A man is getting publicly destroyed for doing a job that he was trained to handle. People need to realize the difference between a pet, and a wild and potentially dangerous animal. I love animals, so i understand how people can get upset. SO everybody love your pet a little more tonight and keep your G.D. cats in the house. That is all.

    • notyourdaughter

      Good grief. An “eye clawed out”? Aren’t you exagerrating just a little much? If your daughter is responsibly raised, she won’t approach and trying to pet strange animals , be it a neighbor’s pet or a stray.

      • mj

        my friend almost lost an eye from his house cat, and its a pet. Animals react weird when startled you never can be to careful. As for judging the responsibility of properly raising a child…very, very few people actually know how to raise their kids and too a young child the world is their petting zoo. It is their everything, kids are curious, one of the great things about them. Personally i will find it as a large dose of karma if something does happen. Then all the same people that are over reacting will be at city hall with their pitch forks screaming for someone to exterminate the feral cat epidemic that takes over.

        • notyourdaughter

          Was your friend teasing the cat? Was the cat handled roughly or slapped in the past so it was making a “preemptive strike”? Sorry but I’ve been around cats for over 50 years now and have never experienced nor heard of what you write unless the cat had a reason to do so.
          Also, a young child should be supervised around animals. The world is NOT their petting zoo, my friend.

        • Joe Smith

          I guess you really don’t like dogs then because instead of a scratch they can kill a person

          • mj

            i have two dogs moron and i care for my animals and dont let them roam the neighborhood. feral cats came from somewhere and its called terrible pet owners who open the door and let them out. feral cats are a pest and should be exterminated on sight. maybe then people would start being responsible pet owners.

          • Joe Smith

            Awww are you upset mj? You lose an intelligent discussion the second you sling names.

            If I am a moron, you must be a less-on

            LOL

        • Darsenault

          I have raised and fostered many cats and none of them have rabies,and I have been scratched many times.MJ you need to stop look around and look at the big picture,I agree most feral are former house cats,so why punish the animal ?? Punish the owner for letting them out.But I guess that’s just too much to ask in N.R.

    • Victoria Ansaldo

      he should be fired he shot innocent little kittens what is ok about this!!!!

    • Debbie Zsigray

      MJ, Do you want to be over run with 1000′s of rats and mices? they are the ones who carry with them diseases and they disperse their waste everywhere. I iredsaid so many times before and I am going say it again, The Man did not have to kill 5 baby kittens like he did, he deserve to be.fired from his job. and if he was trained to do the jpb right then he knows better to shoot 5 baby kittens

      • Woodsman001

        Cats are one of THE poorest rodent controllers of all. There are hundreds (if not thousands) of native species on every continent that are much better suited. On top of that, most cats run from rats.

        Cats destroy all the native rodent predators, or displace (starve) them, and then the cats destroy only the rodents that they can find (key point). Guess what? Rodents don’t reproduce in places where cats can get them. They reproduce in places too small for ANY cat to get to them. So what you end up with is a happy predator/prey balance of nothing but cats and rodents infesting your lands and homes.

        When cats infect rodents with their Toxoplasma gondii parasite, this hijacks the minds of rodents to make the rodents attracted to where cats urinate. Cats attract rodents to where cats are. Further increasing the cat/rodent density of this happy predator/prey balance. It has been documented many many times. The more cats you have, the more rodents you get.

        • Debbie Zsigray

          I disagree with you, I have seen lands and home over run by rodents with all kinds of diseases. I use to work in a house stable it to was over run by rodents with all kinds of diseases until we got cats to take care the big problem.

      • mj

        so ur response to one pest problem is to let another get out of control. two wrongs do not make a right

    • sueishere

      It’s funny a cat has diseases when

    • Woodsman001

      The Time Is Now:

      “Half-Past Kill Kitty O’Clock”

      Do you know where your cat is?

      This PSA brought to you by every environmentally sound, well educated, and sane person on the face of this earth. :-)

      • Debbie Zsigray

        YOU ARE NOT BEING FUNNY

  • notyourdaughter

    I don’t understand this “torch and pitchfork” mentality in North Ridgeville. It certainly doesn’t sound like a very nice community in which to live.

    • No 24

      Not only do I agree with you but what truly amazes me is that many of the “shoot them dead” people really don’t care if the guy SHOT the kittens with adults and children just feet away. Shooting the kittens was just wrong, feral, not feral, it doesn’t matter. Pick them up and take them some place WITHOUT people around. I wonder how many people would be on a board talking about having the guy fired if that bullet would have richocheted off of something OR even better yet, the gun misfired and killed one of the children. Not a good thought is it? So before you get on the ‘ole bandwagon of “there was nothing wrong with shooting them”, there were MANY reasons NOT to shoot them.

  • Sandra Iannaco

    Two of my Cats were feral, one was an adult and one a kitten. It is outrageous and inhumane to kill animals in this way when there are people and organizations that can handle things properly!

    • mj

      so you just admitted to being a neglectful pet owner? if its a pet, put it in your house. Then it is a pet. When it is in the wild, it is a wild animal. You are part of the problem. You feed them and keep them around. They probably crap all over your neighbors yards. Unbelievable. this is what is wrong with this story.

      • Joe Smith

        What’s wrong is your reading comprehension, I would read the above as 2 of the cats he took in as pets started out as feral just like my cat did.
        I do have a fenced in yard that my cat can’t get out though

      • Sandra Iannaco

        Ok so your stupid, they were feral as in living on the streets, they now live in my home. They are not wild,they are gentle, loving and neutered. It’s sad how many people in this country don’t have the skills to read, decipher information before reacting. If the ferals crap on anyones lawn, let it be yours!

    • TheDon Corleone

      Don’t let them on my property.

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    Very good news!

  • jackerella

    Anyone not bothered by the thought of five little kittens being shot dead for no other reason than for just being on the planet, should really examine their morals.

    • hottamomma

      anyone not bothered by someone who was following his companys policy while working to get fired for doing what his job description says. should really examine their morals. dont fire the man for following policy, get the policy changed. u guys act like he set out looking to hunt cats and found some and shot them, it wasnt like that. all he was doing was following protocol

      • Joe Smith

        SHow me where it is protocol to shoot kittens on the spot. What does the humane part mean of humane officer?. He should have brought them in like a dog catcher does. Do you see dog catcher shooting puppies on the spot or do they bring them into a shelter at least at first.?

        • hottamomma

          yesterdays chronicle said he followed procedure. if people can get the procedure changed then maybe they will catch them and bring them in

          • Larry Crnobrnja

            Well that settles it then, the chief and mayor said he followed policy, even though only idiots that can’t read would believe it. (Oops, did I just insinuate someone was an idiot?)

          • sissy700

            You are an idiot!!!! At least Larry has his photo on here, so that you can make comments about it…..where’s your photo ‘hottamomma’????????????????????

          • Joe Smith

            Again, I want to see in writing where it is procedure to shoot animals on the spot that are not an immediate danger. A politician’s word is not good enough for me anymore

          • hottamomma

            go up to where accorti works and ask to see the procedure, or maybe the chronicle can do it for us.

        • No Anchovies

          The simple fact that this has made International headlines shows that this WAS NOT procedure… no matter how vague the policy.

          Other policies of other humane departments within the municipalities are presumably just as vague without kittens being killed every one or two months.

          This was an excuse offered by a group of officials who have SO MUCH DIRT ON THEIR HANDS that they cannot prosecute/punish someone who was a police officer for 25 years.. then retired.. then became a humane officer.

          Accorti has all the dirt on Gillock, Freeman and others to the point where he is immune from punishment himself

          As far as Accorti is concerned, this is POSSIBLY his “personality” that came into play; a creepy old man who saw an attractive mother with children and thought he could impress her with his manliness…

          …one needs to LOOK for explanations outside vague policy manuals or trumped-up exigencies that do not exist.

          The problem then would dissolve to Acoorti’s emotional makeup

          The problem then would dissolve to a Police Chief who feels that he himself is entitled to special treatment

      • jackerella

        Okay then…anyone accepting a job that requires them to shoot and kill innocent baby animals should do some serious soul-searching. Yes, I’m sure he would have lost his job if he wouldn’t have shot those kittens. He was so sad and remorseful, but what could he do?? ..Oh wait…he wasn’t remorseful at all, and actually pulled out his weapon and said he was sending them to kitty heaven..then BLAM BLAM BLAM….in front of children no less. Yeah…just a poor ol police officer doing what he had to to protect and serve. Bull***t!

        • hottamomma

          his job before this one required him to shoot humans, and why should shooting an animal make him remorseful, im sure he wasnt remorseful while shooting a human when he was an officer. people accept jobs to feed their family. a lot of people dont like there job (not saying accorti dont like his) but some people accept a job for the money to feed their family. if i had a choice to get a job that shoots animals and feed my family then i would accept that job. and i would follow procedure. i wouldnt think i would get fired over some people that dont like our procedure. if i didnt follow procedure and someone told my boss, then i might get fired and my family would starve cause i let kittens live( not saying that is what wouldve happened if he didnt, but u never know, he didnt think this would happed)

          • jackerella

            Are you sure he shot humans? ..and he wasn’t remorseful?? What kind of sicko isn’t remorseful about shooting a human? Even if they were dangerous and he had no choice…to not feel any remorse? …and where is the line drawn for accepting a job to feed your family? Some people’s lines are very different from mine obviously.

          • hottamomma

            the 13 officers that fired 137 shots wasnt remorseful. and its not against the law to have no remorse. all people r different, thats what makes us special, we have our own opinions. the world would be boring if everybody thought the same. im proud of my individuality as im sure u r of urs. u dont understand y people kill animals and i dont understand how people put animals before humans. my roommate for instance doesnt understand y people kill animals, but then turn around and have a whopper in his mouth, i dont get that.

          • jackerella

            I wouldn’t put an animals life above a humans life. This is where your comparison is off….having a job compared to being able to live doesn’t make sense to me. Maybe he shouldn’t be fired but yet still arrested and jailed/fined. And then the policy makers where he works fired instead. Yes, we are different but there is a reason why there are many laws protecting animals all over the world,,because it’s the right and moral thing to do. All situations are different but in this instance what this officer did was morally wrong. Whether it’s against the law in this Ohio town will come to the fore eventually I’m sure.

    • johns62

      do you feel the same for deer, skunks, groundhogs, crows. If you see a cockroach on your kitchen counter do you pick it up and carry it outsdie or smash it flat or drown it in the toliet?

      • jackerella

        I do feel thew same about ANY animal that is not harming anyone and just trying to live their life, to not just be randomly shot and killed yes. However, I think it’s ludicrous to compare animals to insects…although I have been known to relocate a spider or two out of my house

        • hottamomma

          dont kill insects, they dont have a voice. lol

          • jackerella

            I try not to kill insects if I can…unlike some people who think all of the weak and voiceless are fair game and should be taken out on a whim. With an attitude like yours I’m not surprised you are so amused as to be laughing.

          • hottamomma

            ha ha ha ha aha aha aha. i kill all insects and all animals that jump in front of my car while im driving lol lol lol lol. and i wasnt trying to be funny i actually wrote that dont have a voice part for someone else, its just that its under ur name

        • sueishere

          Me too! I have carried many bugs out.

  • julierl

    Using a gun on kittens is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Poor judgement and sheer overkill. The proof of it being poor judgement is the amount of scrutiny it’s getting, and the revealing comments by those who support this act. Get a grip, kitten-phobes.

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  • iris

    Those in favor of this horrid incident are publicly demonstrating their ignorance of the law (by arguing that a feral cat is not a companion animal) – (1) how did this buffoon know whether these cats were or were not someone’s pets in the neighborhood that had just gotten out of their home? (the answer is, of course, that he didn’t and couldn’t, and since nobody really can, I think this pretty much dispels the idea that somehow these cats were not within “every dog or cat, regardless of where kept”) – (2) putting aside the cats, what about the reckless endangerment by firing a non-service weapon in a residential area?

    • TheDon Corleone

      shut your face iris. you are insignificant.

    • mj

      if they were someones pets, u get what u deserve for being a terrible pet owner. as for discharge of a fire arm…i have seen police fire their weapons to put down a deer hit by a car in the presences of children. Slightly different i understand. but i think a lot of that falls on parents. they should have taken their kids inside, or the officer should have at least suggested they do so.

  • Bob Sweatt

    The phrase, “Beating a dead horse” comes to mind. This is getting a little annoying. Can we get onto more important problems in this world.

  • Stephen Charles

    With the ineptness and arrogance being displayed, it’s time for Accorti, the individual occupying the Police Chief’s position and the Mayor to go. Each time they open their mouths about this situation they sound more ridicules. Here are some words from my daughter that puts it far better than I can.
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    To Police Chief Mike Freeman,

    I just wanted to personally recognize your officer’s bravery and sacrifice in the face of danger. I cannot imagine the hardened mettle it takes to single-handedly confront five terrifying kittens on their turf. Some cities deal with crime associated with gangs and drug wars, but I always tell my friends and family that they don’t know what living in fear is like until they’ve dealt with the marauding kittens that stalk the backyard woodpiles of North Ridgeville, Ohio.

    At first I questioned Officer Accorti’s actions, but then I read your harrowing description of their “hissing and growling” and the possible risk of infection. My heart went cold! I shudder to think that a grown man, with only a few guns and four million years of evolutionary advantage at his disposal, would be called to face this sort of danger in America. You read about these rogue kitten cells overseas, but you never imagine it could happen here in this great nation!

    I would like to suggest that you set up donation boxes around North Ridgeville to help you combat what could very well become a national threat. The public can provide catnip, toys, and yarn, so that Officer Accorti and other humane officers may better distract these dangerous beasts. This should give them ample time to escape should they find themselves cornered by these formidable feline foes. I would hate to think that anyone as selfless and brave as he might be subjected to a boo boo, or a hydrogen peroxide wash.

    Thank you for being on the front lines of this epidemic. In a few years when backyard woodpiles are once again considered appropriate places for young children to play, the nation will remember you and Officer Accorti’s dedication to the cause. He is truly an asset to the town of North Ridgeville, and a hero to mice and men everywhere!