Cop Slaughters Feral Kittens While Kids Watch. His Boss Says It’s Cool.

It reads like a horrifying scene in a movie about psychopaths.

A resident of Vista Lake Way, Ohio, called her local police department to tell them that a family of feral cats had made a home in her wood pile. The police officer, Humane Officer Barry Accorti, arrived about 20 minutes later.

But instead of pulling out protective gloves, or his phone to request a shelter to pick up the animals, he pulled out his gun.

“He [Accorti] informed her that shelters were full and that these cats would be going to kitty heaven,” Ohio SPCA 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.”

But there would be no hope of adoption for these kittens. Instead, the officer opened fire on the defenseless kittens, slaughtering them while the woman’s children watched, crying, from an upstairs bedroom window.

“It’s heartbreaking,” Landon said. “There is no excuse for it. It’s absolutely shameful that someone with the title of humane officer would do this.”

Apparently, this is par for the course in Ohio. Police Chief Mike Freeman almost immediately cleared the officer of wrongdoing, saying “research and other animal organizations accept shooting as an acceptable means of euthanasia.”

According to Freeman and The Sun News, the homeowner said in a follow-up interview that “she was aware the cats were going to be euthanized but did not expect it to occur on her property. She explained she felt overwhelmed due to her children being inside the home and hearing the gunshots.”

On Tuesday, the Facebook page of the North Ridgeville Police Department was bombarded with so many negative comments, it was taken down for a few hours. It was still inaccessible at the time this post was written.

The situation highlights two important animal welfare issues. First, the absolute importance of spaying and neutering your pets, especially those that are allowed to wander freely outside your home. Second, the calloused mentality toward feral animals that kill shelters have encouraged in our society.

Shelters that euthanize animals teach us that there are only so many cages available. With only so much room at the inn, and new animals being rescued or found all the time, something has to be done to make room. So animals that are old, or otherwise undesirable, are simply killed. We accept it as a fact of life, but in fact it’s disrespect for life, as demonstrated by the “humane” officer’s explanation to the woman, and his subsequent actions.

If you believe that Humane Officer Barry Accorti acted inappropriately, and should not have fired his gun into a woodpile, killing defenseless kittens in a residential neighborhood, please sign the petition below.

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David V.
David V4 years ago

He should be fired, charged with animal cruelty, banned from ever owning a pet or a gun, and jailed for animal abuse and traumatizing children.

Nickihermes Celine
Past Member 4 years ago

a disgrace,thank you for sharing 21/7,thank you

Carrie-Anne Brown

signed, thanks for sharing


Someone shoot that oficer bastard!!!!!!!!!!

Angela L.
Angela L4 years ago

That police officer is just a dump jerk with no heart. It is up to the animal shelthers to decide how they manage the oversize shelther. Usually, they can always locate of other shelther in another state and I know many shethers that are "no-kill". I'm not surprise having such a heartless boss creates a bustard to work under him as they are the same junk who could care less of any other lives.

Sheri D.
Sheri D4 years ago

This police officer should be fired. Then, he should be arrested and sentenced to many years of prison time.

Waheeda S.
Waheeda E4 years ago

First of all, why did that lady not call the ASPCA or her local shelter?
Secondly, and most importantly, what that officer did was barbaric and gives kind and humane officers a bad name.

Claudia Cavallo
Claudia Cavallo4 years ago

I think in the USA you accept too much that animals can be euthanized, there must be found a solution before they are born and after, killing them is always wrong and accepting it as a fact of life too. In this story I think the police man is a shit but also the lady that called him, if she knew they would have been killed, she could have found a family for them and have them for a a while with her. very ugly story, I am disgusted

Ann Razumovskaya
Ann Razumovskaya4 years ago

I hope there is a Karma police for such policemen. Prolly he thought he's very brave... Such a shame.

David B.
David B4 years ago

so that's the head guys attitude? he must have and even bigger crew of assholes following him.and they give a jerk like that a gun?make sure no on complains to him bout your kids!