NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OH — The Ohio SPCA announced Sunday that it would no longer be pursuing any further independent legal actions after a North Ridgeville humane officer shot five kittens behind a family’s home.
According to the Ohio SPCA, an attorney contacted the private charity and said he represented an agency investigating the incident. The attorney suggested his client has access to additional resources not available to the Ohio SPCA.
The attorney said the independent actions of the Ohio SPCA may adversely impact the investigation.
In June, a North Ridgeville homeowner contacted authorities to report a problem with feral cats in her backyard. She asked if a humane officer could pick up the cats, according to North Ridgeville police.
The homeowner was advised that due to her safety concerns, the officer would assist her, but the cats would have to be euthanized.
The chief said the homeowner agreed. The humane officer located the kittens within the wood pile and they were euthanized and taken away.
During a follow-up interview with the homeowner, she stated she knew the feral cats were going to be euthanized, but did not expect it to happen on her property.
She said she felt overwhelmed because her children were inside the home and heard the gunshots. She urged better communication in the future.