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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WRIC/ABC/WSPA) – A police officer has a ‘purrfect’ new partner after another officer rescued the kitten from under a dumpster in the rain on Saturday in Spartansburg, South Carolina.
“Another officer had found her in the rain under a trash dumpster and brought her into the department,” Spartanburg cop Cody Garrett, 28, told ABC News. “I offered to take her because I have another rescue at home who is currently nursing her four kittens.”
Officer Garrett, a self-proclaimed animal lover, said he can’t believe how much attention the precious cat, who he named “Squirt,” has gotten. Garrett says he’s happy to report that she’s doing well with her new “adopted mom,” his first rescue cat, Toothless.
“Toothless was actually smaller than Squirt when we found her in our yard last year,” he explained. “My son and I were playing in the yard and I almost stepped on Toothless. She couldn’t even walk she was so tiny. We nursed Toothless back to health and she had four kittens three weeks ago.”
Little Squirt is now “doing great” and gaining strength every day.
“She’s playing with her new brothers and sisters and they’re all taking to each other,” said Garrett. “She wanders around the house and she already looks 100 times better than when we found her.”
Squirt has a big family now as Garrett also has two dogs in addition to Toothless and her four kittens.
“My girlfriend is OK with it,” he joked about his extensive pet list.