Target: G. David Gillock, Mayor of North Ridgeville, Ohio
Goal: Applaud city’s decision to refer calls about cats to local animal protection groups after the tragic shooting of five kittens by a humane officer in a resident’s yard
Following reports of a humane officer shooting a litter of kittens in a resident’s backyard, the city of North Ridgeville, Ohio is now referring calls about cats to local animal protection groups. This is a good step toward ensuring the humane treatment of outdoor and feral cats in the city. Thank the mayor of North Ridgeville for making this crucial change in the city’s cat handling policy.
North Ridgeville faced public outcry after an officer shot and killed five kittens in a resident’s backyard woodpile, allegedly telling several young children present on the property that the kittens were going to “kitty heaven.” Because local shelters were too full to take in more cats and because the resident had health concerns about a flea problem, the humane officer determined that euthanasia was the appropriate course of action, though residents and advocates nationwide decried the inhumane use of a gun to euthanize the kittens onsite.
The decision to refer residents to local animal protection groups will ensure that future calls to the city about cats are handled more humanely. “We will provide to our residents traps if requested, and if they are available,” North Ridgeville Mayor G. David Gillock wrote in a letter to Alley Cats Allies, a cat advocacy organization. “We will provide them with the name of a veterinarian who can humanely euthanize sick or injured cats. We will also provide them with the name of a facility that will spay or neuter cats should the residents so desire.”
Alley Cats Allies said in a press release that it will work with local groups to advocate for Trap-Neuter-Return programs, which help control outdoor cat populations without euthanasia. Applaud the city’s decision to refer residents to groups better equipped to handle calls about cats humanely in the future.
Dear Mayor Gillock,
Thank you for communicating with animal rights groups and making changes to the way the city of North Ridgeville handles calls about cats. Referring residents to local animal protection groups will ensure that these animals will be handled humanely in the future.
After the tragic shooting of kittens in North Ridgeville in a resident’s yard with young children on the property, it was clear that the city of North Ridgeville was not equipped to handle calls about cats humanely. Though the humane officer who shot the kittens has not been punished, the city’s response to animal advocacy groups to change the way the city deals with cats in the future is a laudable step in the right direction.
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