A northern Ohio man says it was inappropriate for an animal control officer to shoot a baby raccoon in view of neighborhood children.
But the police chief in North Ridgeville, west of Cleveland, says that's not how it happened. He says the officer killed the animal in a trap Monday at least 70 yards from any house and no kids were around.
Resident Tim Sherrill tells The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram that the officer shot the raccoon on a neighbor's property in front of his son and two other children, all around 10 years old.
Police Chief Michael Freeman says the property owner requested that a trap be set and gave the city permission to "take care of" the nuisance animals.