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Residents protest shooting of feral kittens

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Residents have packed a city council meeting to protest the shooting of five feral kittens by a humane officer.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports ( that most speakers at Monday's meeting called for a change to a city policy allowing the cats to be shot if an officer feels they are a threat. Two people complained the cats can be nuisances, causing fleas and odors.

About 100 people were in the council chambers and others rallied outside.

Representatives of the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Alley Cat Allies condemned the shootings, saying most cities have banned the practice. They called for a trap, neuter and release method.

Police Chief Mike Freeman says the city will review its policies.

The kittens were shot on June 10.

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