For Immediate Release: June 19, 2013
Contact: VAISHALI HONAWAR, firstname.lastname@example.org or (240) 482-2580; CATE SNYDER, email@example.com or (240) 482-3890
Alley Cat Allies Joins Protest Against Kitten Shootings in North Ridgeville, Ohio
Petition for ending “euthanasia” in city has received more than 48,000 signatures after officer shot and killed kittens
BETHESDA, MD—Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s largest advocacy group for cats, was in North Ridgeville this week to protest an incident where an animal control officer shot and killed five kittens in a resident’s backyard. Interim Executive Director Paul Berry presented to the city council a petition calling for an end to all cat “euthanasia” in the city. The petition has so far been signed by more than 32,000 Americans.
On June 17, Berry addressed a rally of 100 North Ridgeville residents protesting the shootings. He later addressed the city council and met with North Ridgeville Police Chief Michael Freeman. Berry called on Freeman to conduct a transparent and inclusive assessment of the city’s current animal control policies and modernize its approach to feral cats.
“The residents of North Ridgeville are hungry for a new beginning,” Berry said. “Many speakers at the meeting said they didn’t want to live in the city any more. They want their city to embrace change that is both humane and effective.”
Last week, Becky Robinson, president of Alley Cat Allies, sent a letter to North Ridgeville Mayor G. David Gillock asking him to issue an order ending the killing of all cats by animal control officers. “These brutal killings were not “euthanasia”, not humane, nor were any public safety issues resolved. Officers should be educating residents about how to treat animals humanely and coexist peacefully, not shooting kittens in front of children,” Robinson wrote.
Alley Cat Allies has also offered 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.”
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.