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Outrage after Ohio police officer shoots five cats in front of children

By Mason White 6:31 AM June 20, 2013
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By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) People are outraged after learning that an Ohio police officer shot and killed five cats in front of little children.

The incident occurred in North Ridgeville, Ohio, police said.

An organization named “Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals”, is demanding that animal cruelty charges be filed against police officer Bob Accorti.

Accorti, the Humane Officer for the Police Department of North Ridgeville, was sent to a home on Monday after a homeowner reported that a family of cats is living in the yard.

The woman said that the family of cats was causing a problem of fleas, which already spread to inside her house. Her husband, tried to kill the cats himself, but the cats growled and hissed, the woman said.

The woman said that when Accorti appeared, he told her that the animal shelters were already full, so instead, these cats would go to “kitty heaven”. Then, he shot the five cats. The cats were between 8 and 10-weeks-old. The mother of the cats was able to escape alive.

The homeowner said that her four children, ages 5 months to 7 years, were watching from inside the house and started screaming and crying when the shooting began. The woman said she understood that the animals were going to be killed, but she did not realize that the officer was going to shoot them at her house.

The Chief of the North Ridgeville Police Department Mike Freeman wrote in a press release: “I decided that the actions of Accorti were appropriate, and I have decided not to impose any disciplinary action against the officer.”
“Shooting animals dead is an acceptable form of euthanasia,” the police chief said.

Terese Landon, executive director of the Humane Society of Ohio, said that she believes Accorti should be prosecuted for his actions.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view