Recently, Brooklyn’s NYPD 60th Precinct welcomed an adorable orphaned tabby kitten onto the team. The kitten was abandoned at the station when he just was 6 months old and instantly stole the officers’ hearts.
In just seconds, this friendly feline has purred his way right into the deputy officer’s heart! He jumped into the officer’s laps immediately and snuggled his way into their arms. They didn’t want to take him to an animal shelter, so they came up with a different plan.
They convinced the commanding officer that they would like to adopt the cat, and he would be the perfect co-worker to the team and morale booster. The boss agreed with them but under one condition is the officers should make sure that they clean up after him.
“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.’”
Fortunately, everyone agreed to the deal, and he’s now able to call the station home! The precinct’s newest police-cat is named Martin after Officer Martin D. Costanza, one of the cops who persistently pleaded to keep him.
Martin is now living a happy life in the station with the officers, enjoying everything they have at the precinct including company, multiple beds, food and water stations, and toys! Each day, Martin makes an appearance at roll call to “inspect everyone” and spread a little joy. “He cheers me up. The guys come by and get a chuckle out of him, the ones who are having a hard day,” Taylor said.
“He’s definitely lifted spirits. There’s not one person here, cop or civilian, that doesn’t adore this cat,” Deputy Inspector William Taylor told the New York Post. “He has the run of the precinct. He took control of the place right away.”
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