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Press Release

For Immediate Release: June 13, 2013
Contact: VAISHALI HONAWAR, vhonawar@alleycat.org or (240) 482-2580; CATE SNYDER, csnyder@alleycat.org or (240) 482-3890

Alley Cat Allies Calls for End to All Cat ‘Euthanasia’ in North Ridgeville, Ohio, After Humane Officer Shoots Five Kittens
In Letter to Mayor, Nation’s Largest Advocacy Group for Cats Offers Free Training for Animal Officers on How to Humanely Handle Cats

BETHESDA, MD—Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s largest advocacy group for cats, is asking the mayor of North Ridgeville, Ohio, to issue an order ending the killing of all cats by animal control officers, after a humane officer shot and killed five kittens in a resident’s backyard.

“These brutal killings were not “euthanasia” nor did it resolve a public safety issue. Officers should be educating residents about how to treat animals humanely and coexist peacefully, not shooting kittens in front of children,” Becky Robinson, president and co-founder of Alley Cat Allies, writes in a letter to Mayor G. David Gillock. “Your Humane Officers clearly need more training. We urge you to issue an immediate order ending all “euthanasia” of cats by Humane Officers in North Ridgeville.”

Alley Cat Allies is offering free training for the city’s Humane Officers on how to humanely handle cats, and on the state animal anti-cruelty law which clearly states that “no person shall knowingly torture, torment, needlessly mutilate or maim, cruelly beat, poison, needlessly kill, or commit an act of cruelty against a companion animal.”

“It is shocking that Officer Barry Accorti was cleared of all wrongdoing when he was clearly in violation of the state animal cruelty statute,” said William Gomaa, lead attorney for Alley Cat Allies. “Ohio anti-cruelty law applies to all people, including animal control officers. The definition of ‘companion animal’ explicitly includes ‘any dog or cat regardless of where it is kept,’ and the shooting of five kittens was clearly a ‘needless killing.’”

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that cats are rarely a source of disease, and that it is unlikely for anyone to get sick from touching or owning a cat. Feral cats pose even less risk to public health than pet cats because they have minimal human contact.

For a copy of the letter to Mayor Gillock or to speak with William Gomaa, please contact Vaishali Honawar at 202-482-2580 or vhonawar@alleycat.org.
Download a PDF of the letter.

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About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has nearly half a million supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives of millions of cats and kittens nationwide. Their web site is www.alleycat.org.