Target: Humane officers of North Ridgeville Police department
Goal: Do not shoot stray animals in front of residents
Barry Accorti is a humane officer who was called to take care of a family of stray cats and as a method of euthanasia shot a litter of five kittens in front of a family in their backyard. According to Accorti the local shelters were full and therefore the kittens had to be euthanized. While some animal organizations support shooting as an acceptable means of euthanasia, this act was insensitive towards the community’s residents and the children who witnessed it.
Barry Accorti works for the police department of North Ridgeville, Ohio. His duties as a humane officer include enforcing the city and state laws governing the keeping, registration, vaccination, and sanitation of domestic animals. On June 10 he was called by a North Ridgeville resident complaining about a family of cats living near her house. She stated that the cats were causing a flea problem and that she wanted them removed for the health of her family. The resident, a mother of four, understood that the cats would have to be euthanized; however, she was shocked to see the procedure take place in her own backyard with her children witnessing the act.
While the police chief for the North Ridgeville Police Department said that Accordi’s actions were appropriate, it is hard to believe they couldn’t have been handled differently. It is insensitive towards the community’s residents and their families to perform such drastic measures in their own backyards. On-scene shooting should happen only if the animals pose an imminent threat. This family of cats should’ve been caught and, if no other option available, euthanized away from the residents. The resident’s children should not have been told that the kittens will go to “kitty heaven” and then forced to witness such a horrifying act unexpectedly.
Please sign the petition below to ask the humane officers of the North Ridgeville Police Department to handle similar situations in the future in appropriate locations without inflicting emotional and psychological harm on residential communities.
Dear Humane Officers of North Ridgeville Police Department,
On June 10, euthanasia by shooting a litter of kittens was performed in a residential community in North Ridgeville. While it is unfortunate that it was not possible to transport them to a local shelter because of its full capacity, the shooting should not have taken place in front of the community’s residents and the involved family’s children.
While respecting your efforts to care for both the residents and their domestic animals, please handle similar situations in the future away from residents.
[Your Name here]
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