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'Pawfficer' Gets Sworn In

Michigan police will use it partly for therapeutic purposes
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 12, 2018 11:19 AM CDT
Michigan Cops Pick 'Pawfficer'
This 2018 photo released by the Michigan Humane Society shows a kitten named Badges. The Troy, Mich., police department has created a new rank of "pawfficer" for the cat that has joined the force. Badges will be used for therapeutic purposes and make public appearances.   (Michigan Humane Society via AP)

(Newser) – A suburban Detroit police department is giving another cat a chance to take the law into her own paws, the AP reports. A cat named "Pawfficer Donut" was sworn in Friday by a judge, a day after a cat named Badges was removed from the Troy Police Department due to a serious illness. Donut will be used for therapeutic purposes and public appearances. Troy police say Badges will always be considered the department's first "pawfficer. Troy police pledged to add a cat if it could reach 10,000 Twitter followers by April. It took just eight days to go from 4,000 to 10,000. (Read more police department stories.)

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