July 24, 2016

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North Ridgeville killing of kittens in protested

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — About 20 people protested Wednesday the killing of five kittens by a humane officer.

“We want to continue to speak out about the injustice being done,” said Kelly Smick, member of Lorain Pooch Patrol, which organized the rally. “What this officer did was totally out of line. I have been in (animal) rescue for over 30 years and have never, ever come across such ignorance in an animal control or humane officer.”

Smick said petitions also are being circulated to gain signatures in support of disciplinary action being taken against the humane officer, Barry Accorti.

Accorti shot the kittens after finding them inside a wood pile, which he took apart.

Police Chief Michael Freeman said police believed the cats posed health and safety risks and Accorti did what he needed to do.

Contact reporter Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.