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Group demands officer's ouster

Group demands officer's ouster

(Lorain County) - The Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is demanding that North Ridgeville leaders fire humane officer Barry Accorti.

Accorti shot and killed 5 kittens earlier this month, creating a major controversy.

Teresa Landon of the OSPCA says her group is planning to file a lawsuit against the City of North Ridgeville if Accorti is not terminated and charged with animal cruelty by June 28th.

She contends that the June 10th incident is not the only one that Accorti was involved in. Landon maintains that state law forbids the shooting of a cat or dog unless it is an emergency situation.

Landon also claims Accorti is not a real humane officer. She tells Newsradio WTAM 1100, Accordi never took the required coursework for certification, and was not appointed by the county humane society.

OSPCA is asking that Accordi be immediately suspended without pay or benefits, pending any required hearing on his termination.

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