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North Ridgeville Officer back on the job after shooting kittens

4:37 AM, Jun 13, 2013   |    comments
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NORTH RIDGEVILLE -- We were told Humane Officer Barry Accorti would be back on the job today and that's where Channel 3 found him.

He is the officer who responded to the call made by a woman who wanted a feral mother cat and her litter of five kittens removed from her backyard wood pile.

But she was stunned when Accorti shot and killed the five kittens right there in the yard and while her children were in the house.

The North Ridgeville Police Department released a statement, defending Accorti's actions, but no one from the city would go on camera for an interview.

We were able to obtain his personnel records from decades on the force. The file was filled with accolades from colleagues and superiors, describing Accorti as a hard working dedicated police officer.

One 1989  letter was from a resident who had a medical issue. Accorti responded to her call and she says he helped calm her 8-year-old son.

We found only one complaint from 2002, where a resident complained Accorti was rude during a phone call.

The final piece of paper in his file was an oath, that Accorti would faithfully "honestly and impartially discharge the duties of the office of Humane Officer."


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