NYPD Officers Convince Boss To Let Them Adopt Abandoned Kitten As Station Pet

Written by: Adri Sandoval
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| Published on February 28, 2017

Recently, the NYPD’s 60th Precinct in Brooklyn welcomed a tabby onto the team.

When the 6-month-old kitten was abandoned at the station, he instantly stole the officers’ hearts.

They convinced the commanding officer that the cat would be the purrfect co-worker and “morale booster,” but under one condition…

“I told them, ‘I have two cats at home and two dogs, and I don’t have a problem with it, but we got to get a litter box and you have to clean out the litter box,” Deputy Inspector William Taylor explained to Brooklyn Paper. “I’ll even foot the expense, the food, the water, the treats — but I’m not cleaning out the litter box.’”

Lucky for the stray, who the officers struck a deal, he’s now able to call the station home!

The precinct’s newest police-cat is named Martin. According to the New York Post, he was named after Officer Martin D. Costanza, one of the cops who persistently plead the kitty’s case. 

The former stray is now living a life a luxury within the station walls, enjoying plenty of company, multiple beds, food and water stations, and toys!

“He’s definitely lifted spirits. There’s not one person here, cop or civilian, that doesn’t adore this cat,” Taylor told the New York Post. “He has the run of the precinct. He took control of the place right away.”

It looks like this friendly feline has purred his way right into the deputy officer’s heart!

(h/t: New York Post)