What hap­pened af­ter a Beach cop saved a kit­ten? PETA stepped for­ward

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Local & State - BY DAVID J. NEAL [email protected]­ami­her­ald.com

A group of peo­ple on Collins Av­enue flag­ging down a pair of Mi­ami Beach po­lice of­fi­cers on a Mon­day night led to one of the of­fi­cers get­ting a new pet and the depart­ment get­ting an award from Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals.

Not a crime, but a cat cri­sis caused folks to alert Sgt. Melissa Ne­gron and Of­fi­cer Tony Yarusso to a prob­lem on Nov. 5. Me­ows could be heard from a storm drain.

Yarusso lifted the cover off the drain and Ne­gron reached in to work the kit­ten free.

He named the kit­ten “Storm” and, af­ter a lit­tle med­i­cal care, took the kit­ten home to live with his fam­ily.

That earned the Mi­ami Beach Po­lice Depart­ment one of PETA’s Com­pas-

THANKS TO OF­FI­CER YARUSSO’S AND SERGEANT NE­GRON’S QUICK AC­TIONS, THIS TINY KIT­TEN WAS SPARED.

PETA Vice Pres­i­dent Colleen O’Brien

sion­ate Po­lice Depart­ment Awards.

“Thanks to Of­fi­cer Yarusso’s and Sergeant Ne­gron’s quick ac­tions, this tiny kit­ten was spared a ter­ri­fy­ing death in a dark and damp storm drain,” PETA Vice Pres­i­dent Colleen O’Brien said in a state­ment.

Mi­ami Beach Po­lice Depart­ment

Of­fi­cer Tony Yarusso with Storm.

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