LUMBERTON, Texas — Those visiting the Lumberton Police Department are carefully evaluated by one member of the office staff.
The question in those big green eyes: Do you like cats?
If you do, Police Cat Jade might decide to give you some attention.
"He knows who likes cats and who doesn't," Police Chief Danny Sullins said of the gray, three-legged cat who was adopted into the office about eight years ago.
The office staff don't know exactly what happened to Jade before they took him in, said secretary Linda Hunter, known around the office as Jade's "mom."
He was brought to them by an older woman who wanted then-Chief Norman Reynolds to have him euthanized because of the pain he was in with his right front leg mangled and partially missing.
The chief refused because of the expense and because the woman wasn't from Lumberton.
As she left, the kitten got away and jumped up into the engine of her car to hide.
"So then Chief had to go in and pop the hood and get him out," Hunter said.
After that, the cat stayed.
They took him to the veterinarian to get his leg amputated, and he's been a fixture in the office ever since.
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