An unidentified mom is angry at a humane officer in North Ridgeville, Ohio, who shot and killed a litter of kittens outside of her home and within eyesight of her small children on June 10 (video below).
The mom called the authorities after discovering a feral cat and her kittens living in a woodpile outside her house.
“[Humane Officer Barry Accorti] informed her that shelters were full and that these cats would be going to kitty heaven,” Ohio SPCA Executive Director Teresa Landon told the Sun News. “She assumed he would be trapping them or something and taking them to a shelter and they would be humanely euthanized if they were not adopted.Instead, he went to his truck and got a gun, which she thought was a tranquilizer gun, and walked around to the back of the house and approximately 15 feet from her back door shot and killed the 8 to 10-week-old kittens.”
Landon added: “Her children were upstairs in view of the windows. They started screaming and crying because they heard the gunshots. They started screaming, ‘Mommy, he’s killing the kittens.' “It’s heartbreaking ... There is no excuse for it. It’s absolutely shameful that someone with the title of humane officer would do this.”
North Ridgeville Police Department Chief Mike Freeman released a statement, which stated: “After visiting the scene, talking with the responding officer and reinterviewing the complainant, I have decided his actions were appropriate and have decided not to impose any disciplinary measures for the incident. We will talk with the humane officers about improving their communications with the public."
However, "communications" were never the issue. The killing of the kittens with a gun 15 feet away from her children is the mom's complaint.
The North Ridgeville Police Department had to take down its Facebook page for hours on Monday because of “overwhelming abuse” by supporters of the mom and the kittens. The police lectured those who oppose shooting kittens on good "manners."
“We are firm believers in everyone having their right to express their opinions about what we do, even dissenting, but they must maintain a level of common decency,” said the North Ridgeville Police Department on its Facebook page. “We created this post to give you a place to speak out for or against what is being reported. Please be respectful of others and use the manners that you were all raised with. Thank you.”
The Facebook page is back up, but more than 1,000 anti-police comments were reportedly deleted.