February 7, 2016

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Poll continues to favor dismissal, discipline of humane officer

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

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. 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 Read More…

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 Read More…

C-T straw poll respondents favor punishment for officer who shot kittens

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — By an overwhelming 4-to-1 margin, people responding to an unscientific Chronicle-Telegram poll asking whether North Ridgeville Humane Officer Barry Accorti should be disciplined for shooting five feral kittens to death said he should face disciplinary measures or be fired. Of the approximately 577 readers who answered the Chronicle poll in print or Read More…

Crowd demands North Ridgeville Council act after kitten killings

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

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 Read More…

Ridgeville Council members say shooting ‘appalls’ them

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Mirroring the outpouring of public opinion over the shooting of five kittens earlier this week, most members of City Council surveyed about the controversy said the situation should have been handled differently. Roseanne Johnson, one of the city’s three at-large Republican Council members, voiced strong disagreement with the actions taken by Humane Read More…

National group pushes North Ridgeville for no-kill policy

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A national group that advocates for cats said it will send a letter to Mayor David Gillock asking that he issue an order ending the killing of any feline by animal control officers. “These brutal killings were not ‘euthanasia’ nor did it resolve a public safety issue,” Becky Robinson, president and co-founder Read More…

Animal rights groups, others rally for dismissal of humane officer

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

Officer in kitten killing was well-regarded during his career

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Barry Accorti, the city’s humane officer who stirred a public outcry over the shooting of feral kittens in a residential backyard earlier this week, had a well-regarded career as a police officer and has not had problems since being hired as a humane officer, according to his personnel files. Accorti, who was Read More…

Police chief says shooting of kittens was justified

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — Despite calls for his firing by an animal rights group, the humane officer who shot and killed five feral kittens Monday in the backyard of a home on Vista Lake Way will not be disciplined, the police chief said Tuesday. Police Chief Michael Freeman said police believed the cats posed health and Read More…

Humane officer allegedly shoots 5 kittens

A complaint was filed with the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals after a call to the North Ridgeville Police Department for help in removing what the caller described as a feral cat and her kittens. Teresa Landon, executive director of the Ohio SPCA, said when Humane Officer Barry Accorti arrived at Read More…