You have probably heard of a K-9 unit, but the Tiverton Police Department takes it one step further with their feline unit. Scrappy the Police Cat protects the town of Tiverton from danger, killing one mouse at a time.

Captain Michael Miguel of the Tiverton Police gave me the lowdown on this one-of-a-kind cat that made the police barracks her home.

She was found by a former animal control officer around six years ago and had an injured front paw. She still limps to this day. She was going to be put down, but the department took a liking to her, and chipped in the money to pay for her veterinary care.

“After that, she just never left,” Capt. Miguel said. “She’s been with us for about six years and has a bed in the garage. Our mechanic is her best friend and hangs out with him most days. If you leave the garage door open, she’ll come inside and hang out.”

Scrappy is notorious for seeking out one of the interview rooms.

It’s her favorite room and she’ll come in while we’re with a victim. She’ll sneak herself in there and she’ll sit with the victims," Capt. Miguel said.

Scrappy may not have any arrests to her name, but she keeps the moral of the department high.

“I’m not a cat person, but I love Scrappy,” Capt. Miguel said.

The Tiverton Police Department came together to save Scrappy, and now she patrols the perimeter of the department, searches for pests and comfortable spots to nap, and is under the care of Officer Jess melody who is in charge of the feline unit.

Move over K-9 unit, there’s a new animal officer in town.

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