Officer Shoots Feral Kittens In Front Of Children: Officer Brad Accorti Faces Backlash From Community

By Staff Reporter on June 12, 2013 5:06 PM EDT

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Ohio humane officer shoots and kills five feral kittens in front of children. Accorti will not face discipline. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A North Ridgeville, Ohio, humane officer shot and killed five feral kittens in a woodpile outside a woman's yard in response to a complaint. Part-time officer Brad Accorti's cruelly performed animal euthanasia was shockingly witnessed by the woman's children.

According to reports, the children saw the shocking events unfold from a nearby window. Visibly distraught and likely scarred for life, one of the children ran to their mother:

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"Mommy, mommy, he shot the kitty."

Part-time humane officer Brad Accorti was responding to a call from a woman on June 10 regarding a feral mother cat and her five kittens living in a woodpile in her backyard. The kittens range from 8 to 10 weeks old.

Brad Accorti told the woman that the shelters that usually kept the cats were full but assured the woman and her children that the cats will go to kitty heaven. The homeowner initially assumed Accorti had taken a tranquilizer gun from his vehicles to subdue the kittens. She was beyond shocked when she heard the gunshots and saw the dead kittens. The mother feral cat managed to escape the heartless massacre.

Reports of the incident sparked outrage not only from several animal advocacy groups but from the community as well.

Animal rights organizations claim part-time humane officer Brad Accorti's shocking act on five kittens are severely inhumane. According to an article from Examiner, the bullet execution of five kittens should fount for five cases of animal cruelty.

Not only did Brad Accorti kill the kittens, the community expressed major concern regarding Accorti's decision to discharge his gun in the presence of children.

Despite the intense criticism regarding the killing of five kittens by a humane officer, Police Chief Mike Freeman defended the actions of Brad Accorti in a statement. Freeman argues the shooting of kittens is an acceptable form of euthanasia in this case. Freeman did not mention the controversy regarding the presence of children.

Ultimately, Brad Accorti will not face any discipline.

Are you satisfied with the authority's decision to let Brad Accorti off the hook? How do you feel Accorti could have handled the situation? Let us know in the comments below!

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