1st Troy police cat to get leukemia test in June

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
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The Troy Police Department's first so-called "pawfficer" — Badges — will have to wait until next month to find out if she has feline leukemia.

Troy police chose Badges in April to serve in its newly created Feline Unit. Police named her at the end of the month.

But the department had to relieve the 11-week kitten of her duty when officers learned she was diagnosed with her medical condition. She was turned over to be cared for by the Michigan Humane Society and police recruited a new kitten named Donut for the post.

Badges is under the care of a veterinarian at the Michigan Humane Society's Berman Center for Animal Care in Westland, officials said.

"The reason is we must hold her long enough to perform a second test for the feline leukemia virus," Shaun Bailey, a spokesman for the humane society said in an email. "That test will take place on about June 11, or one month after her first positive test on May 10. Two positive tests are required to confirm that Badges does in fact have the virus."

Regardless of the results, the Troy department is still looking to get Badges adopted into a good home. 

The Troy police cat idea sprang from the department's pledged to get a cat if it got 10,000 Twitter followers by April. When the challenge was issued March 6, Troy police had just 4,000 followers. It now has more than 13,000.


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