Cat Bonds with Police Officer During Burglary Investigation

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A cat whose home was burglarized on Monday is perched on the shoulders of Portland police officer Sarah Kerwin.
Photos, Portland Police Bureau


A cat in Portland, OR took a liking to a police officer searching its home following a burglary and, feeling secure with her, rode around on the officer’s shoulders for the entire time.

The Portland Police Bureau, of Portland, Oregon, reports that on Monday June 23, 2014, at 4:16 p.m., its East Precinct officers responded to a residence in the 2200 block of Southeast 98th Avenue on the report of a burglary.

Officers arrived and contacted the victim, who’d just returned home from work and found her house burglarized and items stolen. The victim left home at approximately 7:40 a.m. and told police that everything was fine at the time she left for work.

Uncertain whether or not someone was still in the home, officers entered the residence to check for a suspect. While searching the home, officer Sarah Kerwin noted broken glass on the floor of both the basement and a bathroom. The victim’s cat was walking around on the floor so the officer picked up the cat to make sure it did not step in the glass. The cat climbed up onto the officer’s shoulders, got comfortable, and remained perched there as the officers finished searching the house.

Neighbors provided descriptions of a suspicious looking man and an older white van seen in the neighborhood on Monday.



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