There is a small town in North Carolina whose motto is “Time Well Spent”. Its population reaches just over 5,000 people spread across a mere 7.5 square miles. But this small town has something most other towns don’t. It’s a secret weapon in the fight against crime, drawing confessions from tight-lipped criminals. An unexpected ally who is by your side through each day. For the officers and staff at the Mocksville Police Department, it is something that they’ve come to cherish dearly. Even if it happens to be a young ginger “police cat” who sleeps on the job quite often!
Meet Sergeant Butterscotch, or as he is affectionately known now, Sarge Butters.
He was just a young kitten of 4-months when he stumbled into his calling in life. It is not known where his life began but when he was found, it was clearly not ideal. Starving and filthy, the ginger kitten wandered up to the police station in the summer of 2018.
The caring team brought him inside, cleaned him up and fed the very hungry boy. Whether it was their generosity he could sense, or just yummy food, he decided this would be his home.
Butters was sure to give his new abode a good “once over” and thoroughly investigated his surroundings. That situational awareness is an important skill to purrfect you know! Some of the officers weren’t sure about having an office cat, but they soon warmed up to the loving boy.
It may have been due to his “help” with their mounds of paperwork.
Could it have been his willingness to lend a helping paw and fill in for his co-workers?
Or maybe having an amateur plumber onsite is a bonus?
But his secret weapon would show itself soon enough. Not only was it unexpected, it was effective at serving justice!
Shortly after he began his watch at the station, he earned a well-deserved promotion–purrmotion?
After a high-speed chase ended in the county, a suspect was brought in. The woman was eventually approached by the “fuzz’, in this case, literally. Butters confronted the woman with a sly sparkle in his eye. His methods were simple for flushing out a confession.
Under the watchful eye of his many self-appointed partners in the office, the woman reached down and picked him up.
“Awe, look at the little cat,” she reportedly exclaimed.
Butters purr motor started and the woman fell under his therapeutic spell. Sitting and calmly petting the soothing cat, the suspect eventually came to her senses. She confessed to the crime right then and there!
All because of a mysterious little feline that showed up out of the blue a few months prior.
He was appropriately rewarded with his promotion to Sergeant.
Now, the cat still be found “supurrvising” the office during both day and night shifts.
Along with his new responsibilities, he decided to do more because he’d never be able to repay their generosity.
Sarge Butters is the departments food inspector. That includes any crumbs that may be left on your face.
He makes an extremely effective paperweight for their massive stacks of paperwork.
His landscaping skills leave something to be desired…
But most importantly of all, he provides a well needed, and again well-deserved, source of comfort for the entire department.
With the high stresses of police work, having Sarge Butters there to offer unconditional support has been wonderful. The community has also fallen in love with the furry “pawfficer”. His additional pawlice duties include becoming the face of the local marketing initiatives as well. With this adorably boop-able nose, I’d say it’s a genius move by the town!
He regularly gets visitors stopping by the station for play dates. They’re always sure to bring him some treats, new toys and cuddly blankets.
On occasion he gets to go on a “call” with his peers–granted he’s the only one on a leash. Don’t worry, these are usually community outreach calls, nothing dangerous.
I will say, this police department look like they are quite a fun group but perhaps he’s not the only one who may need to be leashed?! HAHA Here are a couple of there submissions for the departments “No Shave November” contest last year. *Do yourself a favor and read the descriptions!
Now not only does Sarge Butters have his “furce” looking after him, the entire town has unofficially adopted the lucky cat.
In a recent interview with WXII 12 NEWS, Assistant Chief Patrick Reagan assured everyone Sarge Butters is well looked after.
[He] said “Sgt. butters can stay as long as he’s safe at the dept.”
The staff at the station and dedicated residents are paying for his vet bills, food and cat toys out of their own pockets. He is sure to express his gratitude to everyone of them.
Please remember though, had he not wandered up to this station full of animal lovers, his path in life would have been very different. A stray cat turned dedicated law enforcer is a great story, but not all that common.
Millions of other stray and ferals are out on the streets fighting for their lives everyday. Let’s work together to help clean up the streets! Please reach out to your local animal shelter, rescue group or TNR team to see how you can help now!
REMEMBER: ADOPT, DON’T SHOP & SPAY AND NEUTER!
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