Troy police administer oath to 'police kitten'

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News

Troy police named a new kitten officer Friday one day after it was discovered the first choice for the department's "pawfficer-in-training," 10-week-old kitten Badges, has feline leukemia.

Troy Police Officer John Julian shows off newly officiated Troy Police cat Donut.

The appointment of "Pawfficer Donut" was streamed live on Facebook by department officials. 

"We were very sad to learn today that our police cat candidate has developed a serious medical condition that is transmittable to other cats," the department posted Thursday on social media. "We are awaiting further information about the cat's diagnosis."

The kitten has been at the Michigan Humane Society due to its age until the Troy department could adopt it. The kitten's feline handler, who would have taken the cat home after shifts at the department, has other cats in her home, so the kitten cannot live with her now, the department said.

The kitten was chosen in March after a Twitter challenge that called for 10,000 new followers by April, which would spur the department would get a police cat. The department reached its goal weeks before April and inspired other departments' challenges, like that of the Toledo police. 

Sgt. Meghan Lehman said Badges is being tended to by the Michigan Humane Society. 


"Feline leukemia is very serious and he is actually sick right now and needs veterinary care," said Lehman. "The cat handler also has two other cats and it can't remain at the home even if it were to recover."

Lehman said Badges will remain with the humane society until it's adoptable. Those who would like to inquire about the kitten must have no other cats in the household.


"Badges is a domestic long-hair kitten from an unwanted litter," officials from the Michigan Humane Society said. "She has spent most of her 10-week life with a volunteer participating in the Michigan Humane Society’s in-home heroes program. This foster care was needed so Badges could reach two pounds; the minimum required to be treated, spayed, and adopted — and she’s in good company."

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