When a report came in about a small cat walking alone near a major intersection, the evening shift at the Lakeland Police Department had barely begun. Officer Mike Cardin was dispatched to investigate, and he discovered the cat curled beneath a light post, inches from Saturday night traffic. He was able to swiftly capture the appreciative kitty and return to the station with her.
Officer Cardin made her a cardboard box and placed it in the kennel because the kennel at the station was far too huge (and hence extremely escapable) for the small kitty. Sergeant Brian Wallace began his shift, and the cat was supposed to stay there until animal control could arrive and bring her up.
Wallace planned to keep her company throughout his shift as soon as he learnt about the newest station inhabitant since he couldn’t bear the thought of leaving her alone.
Wallace told The Dodo, “I came to the station shortly after Cardin had secured her and proceeded to check on her.” “Here she was, all alone and terrified. I couldn’t keep her in that box for another 10 hours simply to have animal control take her away because it was so close to the start of the shift.”
While Wallace worked at his desk, he kept the small cat on his lap, and while she was first terrified and confused of what was going on, the more she remained on Wallace’s lap, the more at ease she appeared to get.
Wallace had to go out on patrol after a while, and he brought the kitten with him.
Wallace explained, “I took the box she was initially placed in and placed it in the passenger seat of my patrol car, facing me.” “She sat there for the remainder of the night… and didn’t appear to mind, to be honest.”
Wallace and the cat stayed together for the duration of his shift, and when it ended, he realized he wasn’t ready to let her go.
Sergeant Wallace called the cat Kelsey and adopted her as his own.
“That sweet tiny face… “I was finished,” Wallace said.
Kelsey has made herself at home with Sergeant Wallace and is adjusting nicely. She’s still getting acclimated to living in a warm house rather than on the streets, and she’s enjoying every new perk she’s been given. Her favorite aspect of her house is, of course, her wonderful new father, who is already her greatest buddy.
Wallace described her as “quite loving.” “It’s almost as though she understands she has a fair chance of surviving after being alone just feet away from heavy traffic at such a young age.”