Police Abuse

Called To Help Cats, Animal Officer Shoots Kittens

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NORTH RIDGEVILLE—The head of an animal welfare organization said she wants the city to fire one of its part-time humane officers for shooting a litter of feral kittens yesterday as the homeowner's children listened. However, Police Chief Mike Freeman cleared the officer of wrongdoing.

An executive with the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said a witness told her that before shooting the kittens, the humane officer allegedly said the cats would be going to "kitty heaven."

The Facebook pages for both the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the North Ridgeville Police Department Tuesday had numerous angry comments directed toward the police department and the humane officer involved in the shooting.