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Don't tell the K-9s: Beaverton police care for suspect's cat after arrest

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BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

Don't tell the K-9s, but the Beaverton Police Department welcomed a cat to the force.

Beaverton police tweeted out a photo of Officer Mike Rowe with a cat on a harness and leash Monday with the caption, "BPD now has a feline officer. He is checking the motel room for catnip."

Turns out, the cat's owner was taken to jail.

Police said following an arrest at a motel, the suspect told officers his cat was in the room. Officers tried to find a family member to pick up the cat, but were unable to reach anyone.

Officers eventually took the cat to the Bonnie L. Hays Animal Shelter, but not before snapping a few photos.

Rowe said they just seemed like fun photos to put out there.

"We hope with the addition of this new feline officer that we will be able to get a handle on the illicit catnip trade going on in Beaverton," he jokingly said.

The department also posted the photos on Facebook with the just-for-fun headline "Catnip problems in Beaverton."   

Officers said the cat is healthy and well cared for, and the suspect's arrest had nothing to do with the treatment of the animal. The cat is not up for adoption at this time.

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