December 21, 2014

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Poll continues to favor dismissal, discipline of humane officer

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — The shooting of kittens by one of the city’s humane officers continues to overwhelmingly elicit overwhelming calls for his dismissal or discipline.

Protesters applaud Monday as members of the Ohio SPCA walk into the North Ridgeville City Hall to attend a Council meeting in North Ridgeville.

Protesters applaud Monday as members
of the Ohio SPCA walk into the North Ridgeville City Hall to attend a Council meeting in North Ridgeville.

That is according to continuing responses to The Chronicle-Telegram’s unscientific straw poll received in the past two days that asked readers whether they felt Humane Officer Barry Accorti should be fired or disciplined for the June 10 incident.

Since a report Wednesday, 17 additional respondents have favored Accorti’s dismissal or discipline, while three supported his actions.

“Just another trigger-happy (expletive),” said one anonymous respondent. “Overpaid and under-educated.”

“I have no problem with euthanasia, but with discretion and dignity to God’s creatures,” said another.

A third poll-taker wrote: “Thank You City of North Ridgeville. I was shopping for a new home, but now after hearing about the quality of your city employees, you’re off my list.”

Of the 577 readers whose answers were tabulated for Wednesday’s story, 442 favored firing or discipline for Accorti, who shot the kittens when responding to a call to a Vista Lake Way home from a woman who said she wanted to be rid of a feral cat and its kittens that were living in a backyard woodpile.

About 135 supported Accorti.

One person who wrote anonymously said, “Baby animals can seem very cute and loveable … no one loved them until they found someone to blame for the situation, a cause to protest and a chance to get in on some publicity. We should have laws to control cats at large, not punishments for those trying to serve the public by doing their jobs.”

The same individual added that Accorti “was doing his job as he understood it and though possibly hasty in his response, was working within the stated rules.”

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