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Working Felines: Police Cats 4
Pringles, a handsome lady, mostly white, was a stray in an animal shelter back in about 2004 or 2005 when she was adopted by an 'inmate trustee'. Having been spayed and vaccinated, she was then given permission to join the inmate while he worked at the sheriff's office in Newberry, South Carolina. At first she liked to eat Pringles potato chips (crisps), which is how she gained her name. She became a fixture at the office, and now has her own bowl with 'Her Highness' painted on the side, while staff members contribute to a 'Pringles Food Fund' to pay for her canned food and treats.
The time came when the office moved to new premises, and as with many animals Pringles didn't like that idea. After being taken in her carrier to the new site, she bolted and disappeared into nearby woods. She was missing for several weeks and was eventually found at the old office location. Now back where she belongs, 'She's well adjusted, well taken care of and she thinks she owns this trailer park,' says Sheriff Lee Foster. She has a collar with her own custom ID tag showing her name, although to her friends she's affectionately known as The Deputy Cat. Her duties are to greet people and give love (she's very friendly), and to keep out rodents, which she's very good at, having even seen off a possum near the car park.
(Many thanks to Andy Stout for letting us know about Pringles.)
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Our featured feline at the head of the page is Socks, pictured in 2003 surveying his 'estate' in the early morning sunshine. Affectionately known as Soxy, he blossomed from a thin and hungry stray into a substantial and handsome cat who loved life and company, and his gentle ways endeared him to many friends. He is now no longer with us, but you can read more from his human companion here.
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