One year ago, almost to the day, North Ridgeville Humane Officer Barry Accorti was in an Ohio residential neighborhood and shot and killed five kittens in front of children. Just this week, Accorti was at it again. This time his victim was a baby raccoon. Again, children looked on as he shot and killed the defenseless animal.
We have sent a letter to Mayor G. David Gillock calling for the immediate dismissal of Humane Officer Barry Accorti and Police Chief Michael Freeman.
These cruel practices cannot be tolerated. We’re not just animal advocates, we’re animal advocates and it’s clear that North Rdigeville needs new leadership and qualified, true humane animal care professionals.
The outcry and distress from local citizens that North Ridgeville recieved last June and again today serve as a wake up call for how out of touch the local governemtn is with its residents.
“The culture of cruelty in North Ridgeville needs to change,” says Teresa Landon, executive director of the Ohio SPCA. “The Ohio SPCA receives calls about cats and wildlife and are always able to find a humane resolution. North Ridgeville has no excuse.”
We are working with local advocates and the Ohio SPCA and have requested a meeting with Mayor Gillock to develop a program in the city that is humane, effective and meets the needs of the community.
TAKE ACTION! Join us in calling for the dismissal of Ohio Humane officer and his supervisor.
Read the press release.
View the streamed coverage of North Ridgeville Council Meeting where the raccoon shooting was addressed.