The long arm of the law has a secret weapon in its armory – a fluffy little new cop with cattitude. An officer rescued this cute kitty from a life on the streets, and now it’s been adopted by one of their own to become the precinct’s new purring pacifier.
A new hero has been kicking down doors and taking names on social media. No, it’s not Ron Swanson from Parks and Rec – though they do share glorious mustaches; this is Cody Garrett, a 28-year-old police officer from Spartanburg in South Carolina.
As well as his fondness for video games and facial hair, Garrett is also a big animal lover with an extended furry family. His household got a little bigger one Saturday when he returned to the station after working the late-night shift.
One of Garrett’s colleagues had made a paw-some discovery and rescued an abandoned kitten from the streets. “Another officer had found her in the rain under a trash dumpster and brought her into the department,” Garret told ABC News.
None of the other officers knew what to do with the itty-bitty kitty, but Garrett offered a solution. “I don’t know why they didn’t want it but I offered to take it,” he said. “I have another rescue [cat] at home who is currently nursing her four kittens.”
“That’s one of the only reasons I brought her home instead of taking her to the Humane Society. She needed a mom so it worked out,” Garrett explained. When he took her home to meet his other cats, the kitten had an unexpected bowel movement – thus christening herself with the name Squirt.
A flash flood had swept through the local area after Squirt was picked up. Without police intervention, this little kitten might not have lasted very long. “It was raining outside pretty bad,” said Garrett. “We probably saved her life,” he told Huffington Post.
The short paw of the law is tiny next to her adopted siblings, but they accepted her into their family like one of their own. “She’s playing with her new brothers and sisters and they’re all taking to each other,” Garret reported.
Garrett shot to unexpected fame after he posted a picture of himself and his new “partner” on the internet, but he has reacted to all the attention with modesty. “It’s hard to believe,” he said. “I just wanted to show some people my new kitten, and it’s kind of blown up.”
Thanks to the cuteness of the kitten – and, many would say, the cop – the story soon went viral. Garrett’s fans have waived the right to remain silent and, bewitched by his kind heart and loving nature, heaped praise on him for his good deeds. Some of them have even sent marriage proposals.
Bad news, Garretteers – this super-cop is already spoken for. “So I’ve been getting lots of offers from ladies (and dudes) and just wanted to say I am taken,” he wrote on Instagram. “My amazing girlfriend took care of Squirt when I brought her home… I love ya baby.”
Squirt has become much stronger since Garrett took her home and is now settling in with her new family. He said, “She wanders around the house and she already looks 100 times better than when we found her.” She’s so deep undercover she even has her rescuer fooled!
Squirt’s new adopted mother Toothless – named after the black dragon Night Fury in the animated movie How To Train Your Dragon – had recently given birth to a litter of kittens, so she seemed more than happy to nurse one more. “Toothless has taken her as one of her own,” Garrett said.
Toothless is another stray the big-hearted cop rescued – the first, in fact. “My son and I were playing in the yard and I almost stepped on Toothless,” he recalled. “She couldn’t even walk, she was so tiny. We nursed Toothless back to health and she had four kittens three weeks ago.”
Although Garrett’s new purring partner is tiny, Toothless was even more so: “Toothless was actually smaller than Squirt when we found her in our yard last year,” he said. He also assured animal enthusiast news site BarkPost that the mommy cat will be getting spayed in the future. This family is big enough.
Garrett has a reputation for being a friend of felines, but he’s also a dogged canine lover. His two rescue dogs – a one-eyed pooch named Mike Wazowski after the cyclopean Monsters, Inc. character, and Sicilia – get on very well with little Squirt. “They lick her and treat her as one of their own,” he said.
Officer Garrett seems to make a habit of rescuing animals on his rounds. On the same night he took home Squirt, he rescued a dachshund from the streets. “He’s old and I’m pretty sure he’s blind, but if you’d like to adopt him, he can be found at the Spartanburg Humane Society. I would have happily taken him home but I need a bigger house,” he wrote on his Instagram account.
Garrett also posted up some pictures of other animals he’s rescued in the past. “Some puppies that someone had beat up and left on the side of the road that I rescued last year,” he wrote on Imgur. “Someone poured beer on them from it looked like.”
This “savage beast” was another of his rescues, called in as a “vicious dog” attacking people. “I got out on that call with my shotgun ready to put it down if it charged me, but it ran up and started licking my face.” Garrett seems to be the service’s very own Dr. Doolittle. “Animals kept popping up on me,” he said.
Garrett hopes his internet fame will show the police service in a positive light. “Police officers aren’t the enemy,” he explained. “We have families, we like rescuing animals and playing video games. We’re not just out doing the crazy stuff people see on the news.” Looking at Garrett’s images, it’s hard to argue that this is one police officer who definitely has a softer side.