This small story has been circulating for the past couple of weeks:
More than two dozen people from the city and throughout Northeast Ohio spoke for about 90 minutes to City Council during its June 17 meeting about the shooting of five feral kittens by a humane officer June 10.
The overwhelming number of speakers called for immediate change to city policy that allows for the shooting of feral cats if an officer feels they present a threat.
This is the threat the “humane” officer faced:
Now, it’s bad enough that the guy pulled out a gun and shot kittens because he felt threatened, but this is where the situation goes into the realm of psychotic behavior:
After spotting the five kittens, he told the resident’s distressed children that the cats would be going to heaven. Shortly thereafter, he took a gun from his vehicle and shot the animals to death.
“He informed [the resident] that shelters were full and that these cats would be going to kitty heaven,” Ohio SPCA Director Teresa Landon told the Cleveland Sun News. “She assumed he would be trapping them or something and taking them to a shelter and they would be humanely euthanized if they were not adopted.”
Initially, the woman who made the call assumed that the gun was a tranquilizer. But to her surprise, the 8-to-10 week-old kittens were shot dead, just 15 feet from the back door to her house.
“She was very distraught when this happened,” Landon said. “He started shooting them right in front of her. Her children were upstairs in view of the windows. They started screaming and crying because they heard the gunshots. They started screaming, ‘Mommy, he’s killing the kittens.’”
The homeowner’s four children are all between the ages of 5 months and 7 years.
Now, how could this get any worse?
[T]he police chief released a statement regarding the incident:
… “After visiting the scene, talking with the responding officer and re-interviewing the complainant, I have decided his actions were appropriate and have decided not to impose any disciplinary measures for the incident. We will talk with the humane officers about improving their communications with the public. We are here to help those who seek our assistance. Our agency prides itself on not telling people, “It’s not our problem or there is nothing we can do for you.” This would be the easy way out. To walk away and leave a safety issue unresolved is irresponsible. At no time does this agency condone or allow the indiscriminate killing of animals, but we will continue to assist residents when there is a safety or nuisance condition.”
So this means, in Ohio, it’s okay for officers with guns to shoot kittens in front of screaming children? Am I reading this right?
Which brings me to the headline of this post.
Every time I see a story about serial killers, one common thread is that they kill or mutilate helpless animals. There have been studies on it:
Many studies in psychology, sociology, and criminology during the last 25 years demonstrate that violent offenders frequently have childhood and adolescent histories of serious and repeated animal cruelty. The FBI has recognized this connection since the 1970s, when its analysis of the lives of serial killers suggested that most had killed or tortured animals as children. Other research shows consistent patterns of animal cruelty among perpetrators of more common forms of violence, including child abuse, spouse abuse and elder abuse.
Taking stray animals from a location, spaying and neutering them, is humane.
Taking stray animals away from a location to a pound to euthanize them is sad but understandable.
Taking stray animals from a location to a remote area and shooting them is a sign that the guy with the gun is not all there and should be watched closely.
Pulling a gun out and shooting kittens in front of screaming children is simply the action of a total psychopath. And this guy is a cop who as a low threshold for being threatened. What makes this a reflection on the town is that the police chief has no problem with letting that guy keep his gun to do “humane” business.