By Elisa Black-Taylor
There’s something bad going on with the police officer’s in the U.S. these days. I don’t know whether there are just a few bad officers who make the others look bad, or if the corruption is everywhere. The latest case in the U.S. concerns a part time “humane” officer hired by the city. A complaint has now been filed against him with the Ohio SPCA for murdering five baby feral kittens.
This just happened yesterday in North Ridgeville, Ohio. A woman called animal control on a feral cat and her litter who were making a home in a wood pile in her back yard. She expected the officer to come out and take the kittens to the shelter. Instead, he murdered them.
The woman was very shocked when the officer, Barry Accorti, showed up and started explaining to her he knew what he was doing was wrong. He thought he was justified because the shelter was already full with no place to put the kittens. So he took out his gun and shot the 8-10 week old kittens to death. The officer did tell the lady the kittens were going to heaven. The mother cat thankfully escaped.
Here’s all of the info I got from the Ohio SPCA where a complaint has been filed.
North Ridgeville Police Chief Mike Freeman
7307 Avon Belden Road
North Ridgeville, OH 44039
North Ridgeville Mayon G. David Gillock Phone 440-353-0811
There are a lot of things that disturb me about this latest killing. For one thing, the woman who witnessed the shooting had to run back into her house to comfort her crying and screaming kids. They’d gotten upset over all the gunfire and were very emotional. Another thing is the officer discharging his weapon five times in a residential neighborhood with children within range. What if a bullet had ricocheted? Do we need to let this man continue to carry a weapon to continue to “serve” his community? If that’s service, I’d rather go it alone out there, because the police are now more dangerous than the criminals.
It was announced late Tuesday afternoon by North Ridgeville Chief of Police Mike Freeman that Accorti won’t face any charges. He said the kittens were killed for health reasons, and basically said feral kittens are very nasty and a health hazard. It was decided that this act was “euthanasia.”
So I went in and pulled the laws for the state of Ohio. As it turns out, it’s illegal to euthanize an animal in any way if it causes pain. It was also illegal for him to do it since he’s not a vet or vet tech and in Ohio only lethal injection may be used.
The Ohio SPCA will seek to have him fired, and since it’s been determined this officer is not guilty of any wrong-doing, they’re even more determined.
What should happen to this officer? If he were an average citizen he’d be arrested for animal cruelty. Hopefully this will still happen, as several officers have thought themselves immune and faced charged during the past year. This officer has even admitted in going to far using his authority in the past.
People in America are getting really tired of police killing pets. In the past month I’ve covered police shooting a cat with a bow and arrow, two cases of police killing puppies, and one case of police choking a 14-year-old at the beach. A puppy he was holding was injured in that incident too.
Hopefully this officer will be relieved of his job before he hurts a person. What do the readers here think of this one. Personally, I have a lot left I’d like to say on this case, but I’m simply too angry to go on.